Flights briefly halted after unintended gun discharge at Atlanta airport, no accidents reported

Flight attendants carrying protecting masks stroll by means of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

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An unintended gun discharge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport’s safety screening space on Saturday afternoon led to all departing flights being briefly halted.

The airport stated on Twitter there was not an energetic shooter or any ongoing hazard to passengers or workers. Early studies point out three individuals sustained non-life-threatening accidents following the incident, based on the Atlanta Police Division.

“Officers have given an all-clear for #ATLAirport and regular operations are starting,” airport officers tweeted. Particulars concerning the incident haven’t been made obtainable.

The gun discharge occurred throughout a safety verify on the airport, based on the newest TSA assertion:

At roughly 1:30 p.m. [ET] at present, a property search TSO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport’s (ATL) Major Checkpoint started a bag search resulting from a prohibited merchandise recognized by the X-Ray.  He suggested the passenger to not contact the property, and as he opened the compartment containing the prohibited merchandise, the passenger lunged into the bag and grabbed a firearm, at which level it discharged.  The passenger then fled the world, operating out of the airport exit. 

Varied information shops reported that witnesses stated panic ensued following the gunfire within the airport’s home terminal. NBC affiliate WXIA of Atlanta reported passengers bought off planes to attend on the tarmac and across the terminals.

TSA officers have detected greater than 450 firearms at Atlanta airport checkpoints in 2021, officers stated.  Almost 4,500 weapons have been detected at airport checkpoints to date this 12 months.

When firearms are detected at U.S. airports, the TSA will assess a civil penalty that varies by the variety of offenses and whether or not the firearm was loaded. The whole checklist of penalties is posted on

Passengers usually might journey with firearms in checked baggage when they’re unloaded and packed in a locked, hard-sided case. 

The incident occurred simply as what’s anticipated to be a busy vacation journey season will get underway. The Transportation Safety Administration stated it expects to display about 20 million individuals between Nov. 19 and Nov. 28, virtually again to 2019 ranges. 

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