Flight attendants wearing protective masks pass through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
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All departing flights were briefly stopped on Saturday afternoon by an accidental gunfire at the security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The airport tweeted that there was no active gunfire or any constant danger to passengers or staff. Atlanta Police Department spokesman said NBC News no injuries were reported.
“Officials allowed #ATLAirport and normal work began,” airport officials tweeted. Details of the incident were not disclosed.
According to various news outlets, eyewitnesses stated that panic followed in the domestic terminal of the airport. NBC branch WXIA Atlanta reported that passengers got off the planes and waited on the runway and outside the terminals.
The incident happened just at the start of the holiday travel season. The Transportation Security Administration said it plans to screen about 20 million people between Nov.19-28, which will almost return to 2019 levels.