TSA Agent Jumps to Death at Orlando Airport

TSAA Transportation Security Administration officer (TSA) committed suicide at 9:30 a.m ET by jumping to his death on Feb. 2, 2019.

Orlando police report that a man in his 40s jumped from the balcony of the Hyatt Regency Hotel located inside the Orlando International Airport, and landed on the atrium floor. The hotel is located inside the main terminal at the airport.

Jenny L. Burke, a spokeswoman for the TSA, confirmed that the man was an off-duty TSA worker, and he fell from a hotel’s balcony and died. The balcony overlooks one of the airport’s security checkpoints. She sent thoughts and prayers out to agents friends and family.

The man was found in the atrium in critical condition. He was transported to a local hospital where he subsequently died. The name of the individual has not been released.

The man was found in the atrium in critical condition. He was transported to a local hospital where he subsequently died. The name of the individual has not been released.

According to FlightAware.com, Orlando International Airport had 50 cancellations and over 120 delays.

Democratic Congressman Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) tweeted on Twitter:

Our @TSA Officers have suffered so much during the #GovernmentShutdown. This apparent suicide adds to tragedy experienced at Orlando Int’l. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and co-workers after this loss.

During the recent partial government shutdown over funding for Trump’s border wall, TSA agents from multiple major airports continued to work without being paid and started to call in sick due to exhaustion.

Written by Barbara Sobel

Sources:

Time: Off-Duty TSA Agent Dies in ‘Apparent Suicide’ at Orlando International Airport
The New York Times: T.S.A. Agent Jumps to His Death From Hotel Balcony at Orlando Airport
CNN: Confusion and delays at Orlando airport after TSA agent falls to his death

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