An investigation is underway as to how a child was able to climb onto an airport conveyor belt and make his way into the baggage room, breaking his hand in the process.
The boy, two, accessed the automated baggage screening system via the Spirit Airlines ticket counter, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
His mother, Edith Vega, said she put her son, Lorenzo, down while she printed her boarding pass, reports WSB-TV.
She looked up seconds later to see the child being carried away on the conveyor belt and passed the ticket counter, which was closed at the time and unstaffed.
“When I tried to go after him, it was the end of the machine,” Vega said. “He just went a long ride away. I couldn’t even catch up.”
“I just went blank,” Vega said. “I was, like, ‘Hey, my son…’ I wanted to jump in and try to go get him but they didn’t allow me.
“I was just freaking out and I’m, like, ‘Oh my goodness, I hope he’s OK. I hope he’s just enjoying the ride.'”
A Transport Security Administration worker alerted authorities when the boy was found inside the baggage room.
He had suffered a broken right hand.
Incredible security vision shows the child easily climbing onto the belt before going through an X-Ray scanner, passing through several sections of the airport.
Airport staff can be seen scrambling to reach him on the conveyor belt – perhaps alerted by his cries for help.
The airline released a statement following the incident, on Monday, saying: “Spirit Airlines is aware of an incident at Hartsfield Jackson Intl in which an unattended child passed by a section of our ticket counter that was not staffed or open at the time.
“The child was able to access a back baggage area via a bag belt and sustained some injuries.
“We are currently working with the TSA and airport officials to ensure all protocol was followed.
“We wish the child the best in their recovery.”