In connection with the incident, the airport management temporarily suspended flights.

At least three people were injured in an incident at the Atlanta International Airport (Georgia), where one of the passengers fired a pistol during the inspection. The corresponding statement was issued by the press service of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

According to the agency, at approximately 13:30 local time, when scanning luggage, security officers found a “prohibited item” in the bag of one of the passengers. After they opened the bag, the owner “rushed to her and took out a gun, which immediately fired.” “The passenger disappeared by running out of the airport,” the statement says. The authorities do not disclose the name and location of the passenger.

As a result of the incident, at least three people were injured, whose lives are not in danger, the TSA stressed. It is not specified what kind of damage they received. In connection with the incident, the airport management temporarily suspended flights. About two hours after the incident, the restrictions were lifted.

Earlier on Saturday, social media users reported that an evacuation was announced at Atlanta International Airport due to the shooting. The airport’s press service said that the incident was connected with an “accidental shot” at the security checkpoint, and there was no threat to the life and health of passengers and staff.

According to the TSA, only in 2021, department employees recorded at least 450 firearms at the security checkpoints at the Atlanta airport. It is allowed to carry it exclusively in an unloaded form in luggage in a closed hard case, having previously informed the security service about it.