Two-Year-Old Injured At ATL After Jumping On Baggage Belt

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

You can’t look away for a second. 

Edith Vega set her 2-year-old son Lorenzo down as she printed a boarding pass at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Within seconds he had jumped on a baggage conveyor belt that landed him in a luggage room.

Startling video of the incident can be seen here.

“When I tried to go after him, it was at the end of the machine,” said the boy’s mother, Edith Vega. “I couldn’t even catch up... I wanted to jump in and try to go get him, but they didn’t allow me. I was just freaking out.” 

An Atlanta police report says a TSA worker alerted authorities after finding Lorenzo in the bag room with a broken right hand.

"Officers with Atlanta Police and Atlanta Fire and Rescue responded to an incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Monday afternoon involving a small child who accessed the automated baggage screening system via the Spirit Airlines ticket counter," the airport saidin a statement. 

Spirit Airlines says it’s working with TSA and airport officials to ensure proper protocol was followed. The airline told the Associated Press says the closed counter wasn’t staffed at the time.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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