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Scary video: Toddler injured during 5-minute ride through airport baggage system

The child's mother says she was not allowed to go after him

Image source: ABC News YouTube video screenshot

A 2-year-old boy was injured after climbing onto an airport luggage conveyor belt on Monday, taking a topsy-turvy ride through the baggage system before being retrieved by TSA agents.

What are the details?

Edith Vega says she put her son, Lorenzo, down in order to print off a boarding pass at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. When she looked up moments later, the toddler was being carried away on the conveyer belt behind an unattended Spirit Airlines ticket counter, the Daily Mail reported.

"I just went blank, I was like, 'Hey, my son,'" Vega told WSB-TV. "I wanted to jump in and try to go get him but they didn't allow me."

The mother added, "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.'"

Airport officials told ABC News the conveyer belt was activated by Lorenzo jumping on it, which sent it moving.

Surveillance footage released by the airport shows Lorenzo being ferried through loops and turns all the way into the TSA bag room, where agents picked him up, stopped the belt, and notified authorities. Vega was told her son's trip was about five minutes long.

Lorenzo's right hand was fractured in the incident, and he was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

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Anything else?

Spirit Airlines released a statement saying, "Spirit Airlines is aware of an incident at Hartsfield-Jackson International 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 TSA and airport officials to ensure all protocol was followed. We wish the child the best in their recovery."

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