A video of a toddler who climbed onto a luggage belt at Atlanta airport has gone viral, with the little boy shown scrambling over bags and suitcases.

Every parent knows how difficult travelling with a toddler can be, but one little boy has taken things up a level by climbing onto the luggage belt at Atlanta airport.

Video footage shows the toddler being taken around the belt before descending underneath the world’s busiest airport where staff were able to retrieve him.

A Wild Ride

Two-year-old Lorenzo sat down on the luggage belt while his mother was printing their boarding passes at a check-in machine. Just moments later, the little boy had disappeared through the rubber curtain and was desperately scrambling to avoid being taken into the screening machine.

The machine detected an abnormality and sent what was assumed to be a bag into a special room for further checks. After descending through the luggage chute into the security area, Lorenzo was retrieved by surprised staff who comforted the little boy and check him for injuries.

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“The officers who work down there, almost all of them are parents,” spokesman Mark Howell told the ABC.

After a closer inspection of the little boy, it was found that he had suffered a fractured hand but was, thankfully, otherwise unharmed.

“I’m thankful he is alive,” his mother told a local television station. “That’s all that goes through my mind. I’m just grateful he is here.”

This story is yet another reminder of how a split second can change everything. Lorenzo is definitely one lucky little boy to be unharmed and has seen parts of the airport most people never even knew existed.

Has your child caused drama at the airport? Share your story in the comments.

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  • Wow – what an adventure. Must have been so terrifying for the parents when they realised he was missing. So glad he wasn’t hurt.


  • Kids are just so quick. Sounds like he needs a harness on in very busy places.


  • A fractured hand is pretty bad but it could have been worse. Amazing how quickly someone can get into trouble.


  • Thank God he’s ok, something worse then a fractures hand could have happened.

    • Sure could have been much worse – a fracture will heal and no doubt it will be a family story spoken about at gatherings in years to come!


  • A scary trip for the little one – thank goodness he is okay, his mother would have been beside herself!


  • Goodness a scary moment for all and it could have indeed been much worse.
    Luggage areas and conveyer belts can be quite dangerous.


  • Oh god this is terrifying


  • My partner and I travel a lot with our little one and this is my biggest fear. He is so lucky that his injuries were minor and is still alive!


  • That’s scary. The parents should have checked their kid a little better.

    • There isn’t any mention of the Dad being with them. I think it would be difficult to print out a boarding pass with one hand. The only way you could stop a child that age is to strap them into a stroller or use the old type of “monkey straps”. You can now get childrens backpacks that have a piece of fabric attached to them that you can hold on to, although I haven’t see one for awhile. The one I saw the fabric was a bit stretchy so it wasn’t a tight fitting one. It was enough to stop a little one running off.

      • Yes, you are right, there was just the mother. But still….


  • That would have been freak out moment!


  • A scary episode for mum and toddler. They can be amazingly quick that’s for sure. No dramas here. Yet.


  • Oh goodness me!!! How frightening. A ride he’ll never forget. Toddlers are very quick indeed!!! The poor mum
    And boy!


  • I bet he’ll stick to mum like glue for a while now.


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