A weapon accidentally discharged Saturday afternoon at security screening area on Hartsfield Jackson-International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. 3 pops were heard. Panic erupted. Video posted on social media shows hundreds of panicked people screaming and fleeing to escape alive. Terminals were evacuated. Chaos installed. Some people were laying on the ground to cover on a supposed shooting. They heared sirens. The incident also caused a stampede. All departing flights were briefly halted. Airport personnel “shut off all the escalators and cut off all passengers and turned off the tram,” a witness said. A ground stop was called for the airport for all departing flights, per the Federal Aviation Administration, but was soon lifted.
At a some point the circumstances were clarified. “There is no danger to passengers or employees. An investigation is ongoing, more information will be published,” officials said. Atlanta city councilman Andre Dickens tweeted to confirm that there was not a shooter present. Flights were delayed. Details about the weapon or circumstances surrounding the accidental discharge have not been made available.There were no injuries. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is considered the busiest in the world. It is the primary hub of Delta Air Lines. The airport has international service within North America and to South America, Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. This was also a busy travel weekend as the Thanksgiving travel period is getting underway.
UPDATE: At least three people were injured at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after a passenger’s gun was discharged Saturday afternoon.