TSA agent falls to his death at Orlando Airport causing delays, confusion
TSA agent falls to his death at Orlando Airport causing delays, confusion
TSA agent falls to death at Orlando airport, causing panic and lengthy delays
03 February, 2019, 04:56
The man, who was in his 40s, jumped from an upper floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and into the atrium area of the airport, where some security checkpoints begin, Sgt. Eduardo Bernal, a spokesman for the Orlando Police Department told the TV station.
The Orlando Police Department confirmed the tragedy, writing: 'At 9.30am, an individual jumped from the Hyatt Regency Hotel into the atrium area of the airport. He was in critical condition when police arrived and died at a hospital. A passenger told FOX 17 at Ford International Airport moments after her plane landed, "Actually, we had just gone through security (in Orlando)...and all of a sudden, everybody was running towards the doors".
"Our thought and prayers go out to the officer's family, friends, and everyone in our TSA family", the TSA said in a statement. Dozens of flights coming into the airport also were delayed or canceled. "This is an active and on-going investigation", the Orlando Police Department tweeted. Along with other government workers, TSA officers worked without pay during the 35-day shutdown. "Operations at [gates 1 through 59] are normal".
On social media, travelers posted images of security lines so long that they snaked and filled the entire atrium, spilling into corridors of shops and restaurants.
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Passengers fled in panic after the incident and authorities were forced to confirm reports of a suspicious vehicle were false.
A spokeswoman for the airport said on Saturday that the passengers were returned for a second examination in "an abundance of caution" after some passengers got through the checkpoints without being screened properly. The person that jumped has been pronounced deceased'.
TSA officials later said that, as a result of the confusion, "several passengers scattered into the sterile area unscreened". 'We are saddened by the event that occurred at our hotel and our thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this bad situation'.
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