Hazmat Called for Suspicious Liquid at Airport

Emergency crews that included both firefighters and hazmat teams were called to respond to a chemical spill at Miami International Airport on Monday afternoon.

Airport officials said a TSA agent had been routinely checking luggage in a cargo hold area before loading it into a plane between gates D24 and D25, The TSA agent noticed a suspicious odor coming out of a bag belonging to a passenger on American Airlines Flight 1119, originating from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The flight was scheduled to fly on to Baltimore, Maryland after its stop at Miami International airport.

TSA will re-screen all luggage that arrives in the U.S. from foreign destinations before it is transferred and loaded onto any domestic flight. This re-screening process is done for both checked and carry-on baggage.

The Hazmat investigators determined that the suspicious scent which was coming from the suitcase revealed a homemade pesticide. The substance was being stored inside a three-ounce container and the contents had seeped through the suitcase and started to make several TSA agents sick. “From our understanding, there was some spillage from the bag,” said MIA spokesperson Greg Chin. “It was enough that it caused them to react in a way that caused their health to take a downturn.”

The incident caused two gates at the airport to be closed down and the area to be isolated while the hazmat team placed the toxic item into an orange bag. Paramedics on the scene treated five TSA agents who were experiencing a variety of reactions from the substance ranging from nausea, headaches, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Four of five agents were later transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital for further evaluation following their exposure. Officials state that all of the agents are expected to fully recover after the incident.

Flight 119 continued onto its destination to Baltimore without any delays.

The TSA said in a statement that a male passenger who was attached to the bag containing the pesticide had been located and was being interviewed by both TSA officials and local law enforcement officers.

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