ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – An officer from the Transport Security Administration jumped to his death from a balcony in Florida's busiest airport on Saturday, creating panic that brought some security checkpoints for hours, grounded aircraft, and caused serious delays.
"No passengers any dangers," said airport officials in a statement.
Those who were hit by the stop included Alaska, Air Canada, Delta and Southwest airlines.
On Saturday afternoon, Southwest Airlines had canceled 49 incoming flights and 45 outbound flights, according to the airport.
"This is a maximum travel time on Saturdays, and two of our busiest airlines were hit, southwest and participate, so a few thousand passengers may have been hit," said Carolyn Fennell, senior public affairs manager, in an email. 19659007] 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 at this very difficult time," said the department.
The man jumped from a hotel balcony inside the airport to the atrium where passengers are waiting to get through security. 19659010] The officer was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, police said.
The airport tweeted that passengers rushed past checkpoints were returned for a new survey out of great caution, two airside terminals were closed to passengers during the security sweep and all aircraft to and from the affected ports were stopped until the end of the day. security measures were restored, according to the airport.
"We ask that you have patience with airline personnel as they work through this tragic event," police department in Orlando tweeted.
Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., Noted in a tweet that the officer's death comes after TSA employees fought through a partial public closure. Together with other government workers, TSA officers worked without pay during the 35-day closure.
"Our @ TSA officers have already suffered so much under #GovernmentShutdown," Soto said. "This apparent suicide only adds to the tragedy experienced at Orlando Int & # 39; l."
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