Boy Dives Onto Baggage Conveyor Belt While Family Checks In Luggage, No One Realizes He’s Gone

A 9 year old boy got caught up in the inner workings of the Minneapolis St. Paul airport baggage system on Saturday but after nearly 5 minutes inside wound up unscathed.

About 20 people were checking in baggage together for a trip when the child “dove onto the bag belt as it left the ticketing lobby to go down into where all the conveyors separate the bags to wherever they’re going to go to the proper airplane,” according to an airport spokesperson.

But nobody in the group realized the boy was gone.

“There was a lot of confusion because there were so many people in the group,” [the spokesperson] said. “They were all checking their bags and putting their own bags on the conveyors, so it took a second for them to realize he was missing — but as soon as they did people sprang into action and the police were able to find him quickly.”

Two years ago a 2 year old boy took a joy ride on a baggage conveyor belt behind the Spirit Airlines ticket counter in Atlanta. His mother was printing boarding passes from a kiosk when she put her soon down.

The boy went behind an unstaffed counter and got on the baggage belt. He was at the end of the belt when she noticed, and his mother said “I wanted to jump in and try to go get him, but they didn’t allow me.” The boy was gone, rode for five minutes, and was eventually found in a TSA bag room.

Then of course there was the drunk lead singer of Puddle Of Mudd who needed to be bailed out to perform the night he refused to get off of a baggage carousel in Denver…

Every two year old – and drunk aging rocker – dreams of a joy ride on an airport baggage system, though most don’t get the chance. You feel bad when one gets hurt, there are plenty of moving parts and pieces that can be dangerous to a child, but when one escapes the adventure unharmed… and though I do not officially condone or encourage this… mad respect.

(HT: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)

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  1. Kramer did this to perfection back in 92 – I forget if he ended up at JFK or LGA…

  2. Thankfully this isn’t the Willy Wonka factory. Didn’t work out for Veruca Salt.

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