Orlando International Airport halted flights for practically 4 hours Friday — canceling dozens of flights and delaying 1000’s of vacationers — to research safety considerations after a digicam battery that overheated and was mistaken for a gunshot.
The incident about 5 p.m. triggered a panic as a result of the popping noise from the lithium-ion battery in a digicam at a safety checkpoint. All flights had been quickly halted and 24 had been canceled as authorities investigated, in accordance with Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Airport Authority.
GOAA CEO Phil Brown addresses media about lithium battery incident at MCO on Friday night time. He says an entire evaluation of airport response will happen on Monday. Approximately 24 flights had been cancelled on account of the incident. pic.twitter.com/qEn8iBAOMg
— Orlando Intl Airport (@MCO) November 11, 2017
After gates had been reopened at eight:45 p.m., 1000’s of vacationers confronted longer waits to get by safety and pbadengers who had evacuated wanted to be screened once more.
The panic over the state of affairs mirrored the heightened sensitivity amongst vacationers to safety points at airports, after incidents similar to bombings abroad and the deadly shootings in January within the baggage-claim space of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Mike Robinson, a traveler headed to Dallas, advised the Orlando Sentinel he heard a loud pop at a safety checkpoint. Because of uncertainty concerning the noise, Orlando police tweeted that no photographs had been fired and there wasn’t any hazard to the general public.
ALERT: There has been NO capturing at Orlando International Airport. There was a loud sound that startled individuals, however no photographs fired, no hazard to public.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) November 10, 2017
Robinson advised the Sentinel that a minimum of 10 bomb-sniffing canine entered the terminal.
“It was pandemonium,” he mentioned of individuals sprinting previous the safety checkpoint to take cowl. “Now they’re bringing people out of their gates, off-loading them to be screened again.”
Airport spokesman Rod Johnson advised the Sentinel that the noise was reported shortly after 5 p.m. in entrance of the safety checkpoint for Gates 1 to 59. All flights had been halted at that time.
Terminals A and B had been evacuated, and trams had been stopped quickly, Johnson mentioned. The safety checkpoints remained closed whereas authorities investigated the incident, they usually reopened by eight:45 p.m.
“After investigation, it has been determined that a lithium-ion battery inside a camera overheated and exploded,” the airport tweeted. “As a result of the incident, a ground stop was issued and a number of flights were held. Pbadengers have been allowed to reenter and checkpoints have reopened.”
After investigation, it has been decided lithium-ion battery inside a digicam overheated and exploded. As a results of the incident, a floor cease was issued and a lot of flights had been held. Pbadengers have been allowed to reenter and checkpoints have reopened.
— Orlando Intl Airport (@MCO) November 10, 2017
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