When a passenger at a checkpoint at Savannah Hilton Head International Airport noticed smoke coming from a piece of luggage he yelled out for help.
That’s when Lead Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer Darrell Wade grabbed the bag and took it to a safe area outside of the terminal.
Wade notified local law enforcement officers who quickly responded and determined the item was a vape battery that malfunctioned.
TSA officials at the airport say the incident did not damage any screening equipment and the checkpoint remained open.
Wade is being hailed for his actions to avoid potential injury to passengers and other employees.
TSA wants to remind passengers that E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers and electronic nicotine delivery systems powered by batteries are not allowed in checked baggage.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport TSA Lead Officer Darrell Wade talks about removing a smoking bag from the TSA checkpoint on July 20: