Chaos erupts at Orlando Airport after a man who tried to breach checkpoint reaches into his pocket prompting onlooker to yell ‘he has a gun’ sending panicked travelers fleeing in terror
- Ryan Scott Mills, 37, was arrested at Orlando International Airport on Saturday
- Mills was approached by police at a security checkpoint at around 12:15pm
- Authorities say Mills ‘reached into pocket’, prompting others to fear he had gun
- Panic ensued as travelers in line burst through checkpoint and fled
- Authorities said it was a false alarm and Mills was not armed
Cell phone video filmed at Orlando International Airport shows panicked travelers fleeing the departure hall after a man who allegedly tried to breach a security checkpoint was rumored to have had a gun.
Authorities say 37-year-old Ryan Scott Mills was arrested after he attempted to breach a security checkpoint at the airport.
Mills approached the west checkpoint that leads to gates one through 59 at around 12:15pm on Saturday, an airport spokesperson told the Orlando Sentinel.
In a tweet, Orlando Police said that as authorities attempted to arrest Mills on Saturday, he reached into his pocket, prompting ‘unknown persons’ nearby to yell that he had a gun.
Police said panic ensued, though there was no gun.
Ryan Scott Mills, 37, is seen above being arrested at Orlando International Airport on Saturday
Mills allegedly tried to breach a security checkpoint. When other travelers noticed him reaching into his pocket as police approached him, one of them is said to have yelled that he had a gun, igniting panic
Travelers who were on line at the checkpoint burst through security and headed for the gates
Amateur cell phone video from the scene shows travelers fleeing in terror while alarms were blaring
Passengers then burst through the security checkpoint and sped toward the gate.
Video filmed by one of the travelers at the airport captured the chaos of the scene.
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Children are seen crying while rope barriers are knocked over. Alarms can be heard blaring throughout the hall.
The traveler who took the amateur video on their cell phone said Mills was thought to have had ‘a grenade or something in his hand,’ according to ABC News.
Sgt. Eduardo Bernal told the Sentinel that Mills was detained under a Florida law that allows for people to be involuntarily committed if deemed dangerous.
Sgt. Eduardo Bernal told the Sentinel that Mills (above) was detained under a Florida law that allows for people to be involuntarily committed if deemed dangerous
Charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence are pending
According to his Facebook page, Mills is a resident of Gainesville, Florida
Mills was also thought to have had ‘a grenade or something in his hand’ according to witnesses
Charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence are pending.
According to his Facebook page, Mills is a resident of Gainesville, Florida.
Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said screenings temporarily stopped at the checkpoint for gates one through 59.
A number of people suffered minor injuries because of what appeared to be a stampeded of scared passengers.
The checkpoints opened an hour later and screenings resumed as per usual.
Panic also ensued at Orlando International on February 2 when a Transportation Security Administration officer jumped to his death inside the airport. Robert Henry (left), 36, an off-duty officer, died after he fell from the Hyatt Regency Hotel into a busy atrium at the airport
This is the second unusual incident at the airport that ignited chaos this month.
Panic also ensued on February 2 when a Transportation Security Administration officer jumped to his death inside the airport.
Robert Henry, 36, an off-duty officer, died after he fell from the Hyatt Regency Hotel into a busy atrium at the airport.
TSA agents are among the 420,000 federal workers considered essential employees required to work without their paychecks during a government shutdown. The closure began December 22 and lasted for 35 days.
Henry’s brother, Evan Henry, remembered his late older brother a ‘beloved son, brother and dedicated Transportation Security Officer.’
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