Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is one of the busiest in the world in terms of passenger traffic. The terminal and concourse space covers 6.8 million square feet, sitting on 4,700 acres of property. This leaves a lot of space for airport staff and personnel to monitor for potential safety hazards. Although safety is an important concern, accidents happen due to broken escalators, defective seats or handrails, moving walkway malfunctions, uneven ramps, or wet or slippery walkway surfaces. Even the luggage areas can be a hazard, as WSB radio reports.
A 2-year-old boy was injured after he jumped onto the luggage conveyor belt at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and rode it down the luggage chute.
The boy’s mother said that he had gotten onto the conveyor belt behind the Spirit Airlines check-in counter on Monday afternoon. She had set the child down near a kiosk so that she could print out her boarding pass.
The airline said that the ticket counter was closed at the time and there were no staff members to pull the child off of the conveyor belt.
A TSA employee alerted police after the child fell into the TSA’s bag room. Transportation officials informed Edith Vega that the child’s trip down the luggage belt included several loops and turns before the chute.
The child, who is named Lorenzo, suffered from a fractured right hand in the incident. He was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite where he is recovering.
The incident is being investigated by both TSA and airport officials.
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