ATLANTA, Ga. "A toddler was injured after he climbed on a luggage transport belt behind a ticket desk at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport and rode it all the way to TSA's back room," the authorities said.
Edith Vega said she laid her son down to print her boarding pass at the Spirit Airlines newsstand on Monday, according to an Atlanta Police Department incident report. When she looked briefly, he disappeared, she told the authorities.
The boy had climbed onto the conveyor belt and was taken back to the TSA bag room, where agents saw him and stopped the belt.
Vega said she was told that her son was on the belt for about five minutes.
"He just left a long walk away, I couldn't even catch up," Vega told CNN-affiliated WSB. "I wanted to jump in and try to get him, but they didn't allow me."
According to the incident report, the toddlers had a powerful hoof and beaten their right hand. The fire department responded to the scene and transported him to the hospital.
"Spirit Airlines is aware of an incident at Hartsfield-Jackson International where an unattended child passed a portion of our ticket office that was not manned or open at the time," the airline said in a statement. "The child got access to a baggage area via a sack belt and got some injuries. We are currently working with TSA and airport officials to ensure that all protocols were followed. We wish the child the best of luck."