The TSA Instagram account is usually a place to laugh at all the ridiculous things people try to sneak through airport security. However, on Veterans Day, they shone the spotlight on an act of heroism that had happened just hours previously at the Orlando International Airport.
When TSA Officer Ricardo Perez, a 20 year Army veteran, noticed smoke billowing from a bag, he instantly realized that there could be an explosive device threatening the passengers in the terminal. You can see a woman point him in the direction of the smoke, at which point Officer Perez instantly grabs the bag and carries it clear of the terminal and everyone inside.
Luckily, it wasn’t a bomb, just a laptop battery that had failed and started smoking. However, it’s worth noting that lithium-ion batteries can still explode and catch fire, and Officer Perez’s actions still saved multiple people from harm.
“Kudos to this veteran, who on Veterans Day, went above and beyond to keep the traveling public safe,” the TSA’s caption read.
When confronted with a smoking bag at a TSA checkpoint queue yesterday, TSA officer Ricardo Perez – a 20-year U.S. Army Veteran – believed the bag contained an improvised explosive device (IED.) Most people’s first instinct in these types of situations is to run. Not officer Perez. Putting other’s safety before his own, he grabbed the bag and ran it to an area where the explosion would be minimized. Sounds like a Hollywood thriller right? The smoking bag ended up being caused by an exploding battery, but that doesn’t make his act any less heroic. Kudos to this veteran, who on Veterans Day, went above and beyond to keep the traveling public safe. This incident occurred at the Orlando International Airport (MCO.)