TSA releases surveillance video of agent moving smoking bag

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP/WSVN) — The TSA in Orlando released surveillance video of an agent moving a smoking bag near the airport’s security checkpoint.

Ricardo Perez, a U.S. Army veteran, showed his bravery on Veterans Day when he grabbed the bag and ran it to an area where an explosion would not hurt anyone.

Investigators later discovered the smoke came from an exploding battery inside the bag.

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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.)

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“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,” the TSA wrote in their Instagram post. “Kudos to this veteran, who on Veterans Day, went above and beyond to keep the traveling public safe.”

Officials say the bag made loud noises that sounded like gunshots.

The incident caused some flight delays. No one was injured.

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