TSA agent jumps into action, grabbing smoking bag at checkpoint at Georgia airport

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TSA agent jumps into action, grabbing smoking bag at checkpoint at Georgia airport

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A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) worker screens luggage.

- Newly released video shows passengers scattering when smoke began billowing from a piece of luggage in a Georgia airport.

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The incident happened July 20 at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.

Now, a TSA agent is being applauded for quickly jumping into action to protect everyone nearby. 

After hearing a passenger yell, Lead Officer Darrell Wade quickly grabbed the bag and took it to a safe area away from the terminal.

An examination of the smoking bag showed a malfunctioning vape battery caused the fire.

The TSA said Wade’s quick response helped avoid injury to passengers and fellow TSA agents.

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His actions also helped prevent damage to the screening equipment and a potential shutdown of the checkpoint. 

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