ORLANDO, Fla. – An off-duty Transportation Security Administration Officer falls to his death Saturday from a hotel balcony inside Florida's Orlando International Airport, official said, leading to flight delays.
The man jumped from the Hyatt Regency Hotel at about 9:30 am.m. ET into the main terminal's atrium, where people line up for one of the airport's security checkpoints, Orlando police said on Twitter.
There were varying descriptions about what happened. TSA spokeswoman Jenny Burke identified the man as a TSA officer and said he fell from the balcony.
Orlando police said the man jumped, and that it appeared to be a suicide. He was found in critical condition and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Not immediately available.
CNN affiliate WKMG reported, citing an airport spokeswoman. There are groups that may have passed the checkpoint without being screened, the spokeswoman told the TV station.
CNN affiliate WFTV showed long lines at the checkpoint early Saturday afternoon.
The multilevel Hyatt Regency overlooks the atrium, where the main terminal's east security checkpoint is located.
As of shortly before noon, 74 flights from the airport had been delayed, and 23 were canceled, according to the flight-tracking site FlightAware.com. A few dozen flights coming into the airport were delayed.