“Accidental” Gunshot Sparks Panic At Atlanta Airport

CNN reports:

The accidental discharge of a passenger’s weapon in a security area of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport caused widespread panic Saturday afternoon, prompting a brief halt of departing flights over the busy travel weekend.

The passenger was going through the screening process around 1:30 p.m. when “somebody recognized that there was a weapon in the bag,” airport spokesperson Andrew Gobeil told CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“When either the officer went in or when the passenger went in to get it, it accidentally discharged,” Gobeil said, and the loud noise created a “sense of chaos.” According to Gobeil, after the gun went off, the passenger “took off and was able to make it outside of the airport.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

The airport has since resumed normal operations, officials said in another statement around 3:30 p.m. Twitter users report that the airport is still in a state of confusion, some noting long lines and missed flights.

Delta issued a travel waiver to assist customers who were impacted by the incident, the company announced in a statement. Customers’ fare difference will be waived if their rebooked flight occurs on or before Nov. 23 in the same cabin originally booked.

Channel 2 Action News reported that the Transportation Security Administration said all passengers in the airport are being re-screened.