Some devastating news this morning out of Orlando International Airport (MCO), as an uniformed TSA agent committed suicide after his shift at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. Apparently the government employee jumped off the balcony into the atrium at the hotel which is located inside the airport.
After the incident which caused a loud bang, passengers started running through the checkpoints, which meant the entire airport had to be cleared out and all passengers had to be re-screened causing lengthy delays this morning.
We’re told that most flights have resumed to their normal schedules, but double-check the status with your airline if you’re flying out of Orlando today.
An off-duty Transportation Security Administration officer fell to his death Saturday from a hotel balcony inside Florida’s Orlando International Airport, officials said, sending confused travelers scattering past security checkpoints unscreened and causing flight delays.
There were varying descriptions about what happened. Orlando police said a man in his 40s jumped, in an apparent suicide, from the Hyatt Regency Hotel onto an atrium floor in the main terminal at about 9:30 a.m. ET.TSA spokeswoman Jenny Burke identified the man as an off-duty TSA officer, and said he fell from one of the multilevel hotel’s balconies, which overlooks an area where people line up for one of the airport’s security checkpoints.The man was found in critical condition and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. His name was not released, and further information on what led to his fall wasn’t immediately available.