According to the New York Times, the incident took place after it was determined at one of the checkpoints that someone had a weapon in his bag.
When the officer opened the bag, the passenger reached for the weapon. That went off by accident. The man then ran off. The police are looking for the passenger.
Confusion and chaos
The loud noise caused confusion and chaos among the passengers. Many people plunged to the ground or fled. Suitcases and poles were pushed over. Some people tried to hide in airport restaurants or ran to the area outside where planes are parked.
Three people were slightly injured in the chaos. Air traffic was temporarily halted and passengers of at least one aircraft that had just landed were temporarily not allowed to leave the aircraft.
Busy through Thanksgiving
According to the airport, there was no danger to passengers or employees. An investigation has been launched. The entire airport is now operational again.
Atlanta Airport is the busiest airport in the world. The incident also happened during one of the busiest weekends of the year for the airport. Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US on Thursday, so many Americans take a plane.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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