TSA agent dies after falling from hotel balcony at Orlando airport

TSA agent dies after falling from hotel balcony at Orlando airport

"Our hearts are with the TSA family during this very hard time", Orlando police tweeted. Orlando Police said that "p$3 reliminary information suggests an apparent suicide" and that the case is an active investigation.

Orlando police said the person had jumped from the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which is part of the airport's main terminal.

The sight sent "a wave of screams" through the atrium, Cathy Imburgia, who was in line for TSA PreCheck when the incident happened, said.

James Shaw, a guest at the hotel, said he saw the TSA officer climb over the balcony railing overlooking the atrium.

"Thought it was unusual and then thought he may be observing the security area below since he was TSA".

Travelers were forced to go back through security to be rescreened after the incident reportedly caused some to move through security without being checked. The Operations for gates 1-59 are proceeding as normal. Police scuttled rumors that there were "suspicious vehicles" connected to the incident.

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"Alright, so we're in the Orlando airport this morning and all I hear is a loud BANG followed by people screaming". At this time we don't have an update on the jumper or why he jumped. Now the airport is shutdown.

Police had earlier tweeted: 'This is an isolated incident within the atrium area of the airport.

Gates 70-129 were closed for a few hours after the 9:30 a.m. incident and the Federal Aviation Administration briefly grounded flights. The person that jumped has been pronounced deceased'.

Pictures and video on social media showed the Orlando hub at a standstill, with massive crowds and long lines formed near yellow caution tape.

There were concerns that some passengers may have passed the checkpoint without being screened, the spokeswoman told the TV station. '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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