TSA Agent Dies After Fall From Balcony at Orlando International Airport, Flights Grounded
Reports from Orlando International Airport say an off-duty TSA agent fell to his death from the balcony of the Hyatt Regency Hotel into the airport atrium on Saturday morning. The incident caused some people to flee through the nearby security checkpoints unscreened. The FAA briefly grounded flights.
TSA released the following statement via Twitter:
According to the Miami Herald, gates 70-129 were closed "for a few hours". Because passengers had entered the secured airside of the airport without proper screening the airport was shutdown and passengers had to go through security again once it reopened. The airport has resumed operations, but a FAA traffic management program remains in effect. Security checkpoints reopened around 12:30pm local time to begin re-screening passengers.
One person tweeted the following image, showing significant flight delays as well as 100-minute security wait times as operations return to normal:
Delays aside, it seems travelers are understanding of the heartbreaking situation:
We will update this post as the story develops.
H/T: Miami Herald
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