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A 9-year-old was found safe after jumping onto an airport baggage conveyor belt in Minneapolis

INSIDER logo INSIDER 5/4/2021 mhumphries@businessinsider.com (Monica Humphries)
A 2010 photo shows a suitcase in the baggage organization system at Heathrow Airport in London (not the airport mentioned in the story). Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images © Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images A 2010 photo shows a suitcase in the baggage organization system at Heathrow Airport in London (not the airport mentioned in the story). Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
  • A 9-year-old rode a luggage conveyor belt Saturday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
  • The belt was stopped, but he crawled onto another one. Within four minutes, he was found uninjured.
  • Delta Air Lines and the airport are reviewing the event for safety and security purposes.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

A 9-year-old boy was found uninjured on Saturday shortly after venturing into a prohibited luggage conveyor belt at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Police found the unidentified boy and returned him to his family less than five minutes after he crawled through the internal baggage organization system, the airport's Director of Corporate Communications and Creative Services Patrick Hogan told Insider in a statement.

Hogan and a spokesperson for Delta Air Lines, respectively, told Insider in statements that the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the airline are investigating the event.

The boy wandered from a nearly 20-person group

a person wearing a costume: A child (not the subject of the story) stands at the luggage conveyor belt in an airport. Johner Images/Getty Images © Johner Images/Getty Images A child (not the subject of the story) stands at the luggage conveyor belt in an airport. Johner Images/Getty Images

The boy was part of a group of about 20 people traveling on Saturday, Hogan said in the statement.

The group was checking their bags, and when the adults were distracted, the boy jumped onto the belt, which takes luggage from the ticketing counter to a screening area, Hogan said.


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A Delta Air Lines employee saw the boy was unable to stop him, Hogan continued. In airport security footage obtained by MPR News, the boy is shown crawling on the moving luggage conveyor belt.

The conveyor belt was stopped, but the boy was able to crawl onto another moving belt, which took him to a checked baggage screening area. There, airport police found the child, Hogan said.

According to Hogan, the boy was not injured.

a piece of luggage sitting on top of a suitcase: A 2014 photo shows checked bags going through conveyor belts at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images © Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images A 2014 photo shows checked bags going through conveyor belts at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The airport and Delta are investigating the event

The event has prompted an investigation into the safety and security of luggage collection at the airport.

Hogan said in the statement that the airport is reviewing the event for safety and security purposes.

A spokesperson for Delta Air Lines told Insider that the airline is also investigating the safety of "prohibited areas" at airports.

"Delta is reviewing the event and working to improve safety by keeping people from wandering into prohibited areas," a spokesperson for Delta Air Lines told Insider.

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