A lithium ion camera battery exploded in a suitcase before security at the Orlando airport Friday evening. Some passengers reported that it sounded like a gun shot, however it appears to have been an accident and not an attack of any kind.
UPDATE: Again, NO shots were fired at MCO. A lithium battery in a camera exploded in a bag; that was the noise people heard. The bag was smoldering; no one hurt. Thank you for helping us get the word out.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) November 10, 2017
The TSA ordered that all passengers who had cleared security had to evacuate the terminal and be re-screened. And all passengers that were onboard planes that had not yet taken off returned to their gates to get off, leave the terminal, and be re-screened — but they reportedly had to wait to disembark until TSA arrived to supervise the deplaning.
The government sent everyone out pre-security when they thought there might be an attack. A massive backup of travelers at the airport, of course, would have been a tempting target had anything nefarious have been planned.
— Samantha Manning (@SamanthaWFTV) November 11, 2017
— Samantha Manning (@SamanthaWFTV) November 10, 2017
Of course if anyone had brought dangerous items through the checkpoint the plan was to send them back through the same screening that failed to catch it in the first place. So that makes sense.
And these are the batteries that the US federal government required be checked into cargo holds as luggage, because somehow they were trying to keep us safe. The farce continues.