ORLANDO (AP) An officer from the Transportation Security Administration jumped to his death from a balcony in Florida's busiest airport on Saturday, which led to panic that led to some security checkpoints for hours.
Panic passengers rushed past checkpoints that led to about half the gates at the Orlando International Airport after the man jumped, resulting in revocation delays and delays.
The TSA officer in his 40s died of an apparent suicide, according to the Orlando Police Department, who described it as an isolated incident.
"Our heart is with the TSA family in this very difficult time," the ministry said.
The man jumped from a hotel balcony inside the airport to the atrium where passengers are waiting to get through Security.
The officer was pronounced dead after he was taken to hospital, police said.
The airport tweeted that passengers who rushed past check points were returned for a new survey out of an abundance of caution. The posture and rescreening caused delays for passengers who had to wait at least an hour and a half.
The airport warned passengers Saturday afternoon to give them plenty of time to get through security.
"We ask that you have patience with airport staff as they work through this tragic event," the Orlando police department tweeted.
The affected ports had flights for Delta, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian, Aer Lingus, Emirates, Air Canada, LATAM and Sun Country airlines.