On November 11, video footage taken at Orlando International Airport (MCO) appears to show a Transportation Security Administration employee quickly scooping up a smoke-emitting piece of luggage and carrying it to relative safety.
When confronted with a smoking bag at a TSA checkpoint queue yesterday, TSA officer Ricardo Perez – a 20-year U.S. Army Veteran – believed the bag contained an improvised explosive device (IED.) Most people’s first instinct in these types of situations is to run. Not officer Perez. Putting other’s safety before his own, he grabbed the bag and ran it to an area where the explosion would be minimized. Sounds like a Hollywood thriller right? The smoking bag ended up being caused by an exploding battery, but that doesn’t make his act any less heroic. Kudos to this veteran, who on Veterans Day, went above and beyond to keep the traveling public safe. This incident occurred at the Orlando International Airport (MCO.)
The passenger’s bag was confirmed to have contained an exploded battery and not an explosive device.
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