An observant airport security guard in Poland is being lauded for his quick reflexes after security footage shows him diving to the ground to catch a kid, whose father had set him down on the screening table next to him, reports The Telegraph (linked video autoplays, you can also watch below).
“I noticed the child was sitting on the table and he looked a bit off balance, and then he began to fall forward,” said the guard. “I was standing four to five meters away and I realized I had no chance of stopping him fall so I just threw myself along the ground with my arms outstretched. It was an instinctive reaction.”
If you’re thinking that perhaps parents need to pay particular attention to their kids and maybe not trust that they’ll just stay where you put them, well, plenty of people get distracted in the screening line, the guard adds, so he’s always paying special attention to children’s safety.
“This is a warning to all parents: you can never predict what a young child is going to do,” an airport spokesman says. “But it also shows the airport staff not only check to see if anybody is carrying dangerous items but also care for the wellbeing of the passengers.”
The guard received a special bonus for his actions, but he says he’s no one special.
“I don’t feel I’ve done anything heroic,” he explained. “I’m just glad the child wasn’t hurt. He started to cry when I caught him but his mother soon calmed him down.”
Hero security guard saves baby from airport fall [The Telegraph]