Devastating: Orlando TSA Agent Commits Suicide after Shift

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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.

Per CNN,

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.
It’s unclear if this was a result of the recent government shutdown, which caused thousands of government employees to go without pay including TSA agents.
Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the agent’s friends and family during this tough time. 
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  1. The bill to end non-payment of salaries in a government shutdown should now bear this individuals name…full stop.

  2. @Mike:

    Yeah, because getting one single pay check delayed by a couple weeks must be the deciding factor when debating whether to kill yourself.

    And FYI, the bill you speak of has already been enacted well in advance of this event.

    But let’s not facts and reason get in the way of blind political hatred, eh?

  3. Suicide and depression are a terrible tragedy but this is hardly “devastating” except for the unfortunate victim and his family. However I also feel bad for the passengers who were massively inconvenienced- similar to those who wait in traffic after someone jumps onto freeeways. Of course they are by definition mentally ill and not thinking about the consequences.

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