TSA agent falls to death from airport balcony

Greg Nash

An off-duty Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent fell to his death from an airport balcony in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, according to officials.

The man may have jumped from the balcony of a hotel located inside the airport into the atrium in the main terminal of the Orlando International Airport.

“At 9:30 a.m., an individual jumped from the Hyatt Regency Hotel into the atrium area of the airport,” the Orlando Police Department tweeted. “A male in his 40s was found in critical condition and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Preliminary information suggests an apparent suicide.”

The TSA confirmed on Twitter that the man was one of its officers, and offered condolences on Twitter.{mosads}

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family, friends and everyone in our TSA family,” the agency said.

“At the time of the incident, several passengers scattered into the sterile area unscreened. TSA will be rescreening passengers,” it continued.

Pictures on Twitter appeared to show long lines and the airport recommended that passengers arrive early.

“The incident that occurred at the Hyatt hotel impacted the east checkpoint which serves Airsides 2 and 4 (gates 70-129). Passengers were required to be rescreened as a security precaution but the airsides have reopened.” the airport tweeted. “Passengers should expect delays as we work to resume normal ops. Please arrive early for any scheduled flights.”

As of about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, there were 150 delays at the Orlando airport and 92 cancellations according to the website FlightAware.

TSA agents worked without pay during the recent 35-day government shutdown.

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