Surveillance cameras captured a toddler's journey through the luggage facility to an airport after he on Monday managed to sneak past a ticket desk and climb a conveyor belt.
The little boy walked away from her mother at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport while trying to print her boarding pass in a kiosk, according to a police report in Atlanta. The mother told the police that she looked away from her son "for one second" and he disappeared.
Police incident report states that the child was born in 201
An employee of the airline told the police that her mother told her she believed her son jumped on the conveyor, but that he didn't see or hear a child on the belt. He also told the police he did not see the boy go behind the ticket counter or climb on the belt.
Videos released by the airport showed the boy walking through an unattended ticket counter and standing right in front of a moving conveyor belt. The boy, wearing an orange shirt, climbs on the belt and immediately gets stuck before a black and yellow bag pushes him through to the other side of the wall.
Moments after he comes through a woman in a backpack can be seen running to the counter and a Spirit Airline employee stops the belt from moving.
After he disappeared from the ticket desk, other cameras caught the boy's journey through the confined areas of the airport. He apparently tried to crawl back on the belt to the counter, but failed to climb over a purple hardshell suitcase until he was pushed through a luggage dump.
Finally, the boy reached a transport security administration area where the TSA immediately noticed that he was coming through on the belt and a man picked him up from his belt and in safety.
Medical service treated the boy for a "severely swollen and bruised" right hand before being transported to a hospital, according to the police report in Atlanta.
Spirit Airlines said in a statement on Wednesday that it was aware of an event where "an unattended child passed a portion of our ticket counter that was not manned or open that time."
"We are currently working with TSA and airport officials to ensure that all protocols were followed," the airline said. "We want the baby the best in recovery."
Suzanne Ciechalski contributed.