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Atlanta - Video: Toddler Hurt After Climbing On Airport Luggage Conveyor Belt

Published on: July 25, 2019 02:11 PM
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Atlanta - Dramatic video shows a toddler who climbed onto a conveyor belt scrambling over suitcases during his wild ride on a luggage chute that took him underground inside the world’s busiest airport.

Edith Vega’s son Lorenzo, 2, climbed aboard the belt when she briefly set him down to print a boarding pass at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Monday, she told police.

Security video later released by the airport shows some of what happened next.

One camera recorded Lorenzo disappearing feet-first through a rubber curtain, beyond the reach of his mother and an airport worker.

Video then shows him crawling over bags, trying to avoid being pulled through a large screening machine that resembles a darkened cave above the conveyor belt. But the conveyer is too fast, and it pulls him inside. He pops out on the other side, only to tumble down into another room where startled security workers pluck him from the belt and give him hugs.


The screening machine had detected a problem, and diverted the child on a path for bags in need of more checks, TSA spokesman Mark Howell said Thursday. That’s when workers rushed to help, the video shows.

“The officers who work down there, almost all of them are parents,” Howell said. “Their initial instinct was to get that kid back to the mom. They kicked into overdrive to try and get him upstairs.”

Howell spoke with some of the workers who were on duty that day in the noisy baggage area, who recalled hearing what they thought was a cat screaming. Once they saw the child, they raced to his aid, the video shows.

“It was quite a moment that really brought perspective to life and how important life is,” one of the TSA workers, Christopher Strickland, told ABC’s Good Morning America .

The child’s hand was fractured, but he’s otherwise OK, authorities said.

“I’m thankful he’s alive,” Vega told WSB-TV . “That’s all that goes through my mind. I’m just grateful he’s here.”

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 Jul 25, 2019 at 06:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Arrest the mother for neglect!


 Jul 26, 2019 at 09:01 AM shimonyehuda Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Arrest the mother for neglect!

are you serious? if they arrest her they would have to arrst every human who was distracted while being a parent


 Jul 26, 2019 at 01:46 PM The_Truth Says:

Certainly not the mothers fault, but Needs to be more protection to a) stop kids climbing on, and b) automatically detect, alert and shut down machines if it detects a person on the conveyor belt system.


 Jul 28, 2019 at 07:52 AM PaulinSaudi Says:



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