Authorities say a TSA officer is dead after an incident at the Orlando International Airport that caused some flight delays Saturday morning.
Orlando police say a man jumped from the Hyatt Regency Hotel into the atrium area of the airport on Saturday morning and died.
3.5 hours later & folks are back where we started.
A @TSA employee jumped from upper balcony of the @MCO Hyatt Regency this morning near security checkpoint for Gates 70-129. Travelers heard noise & rushed through, forcing evacuation of entire terminal & rescreening. @WNCN @WFLA pic.twitter.com/7mnCh7sT7E— Robert Richardson (@RobertReport) February 2, 2019
The TSA later released a statement saying the man who died was an officer who, “fell from a hotel balcony inside Orlando International Airport.” According to a TSA spokeswoman, the officer had just clocked out and was off-duty at the time.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family, friends and everyone in our TSA family,” the agency said in a statement.
Airport officials say people waiting to go through security for terminals 70 through 129 rushed past the screening area after the officer jumped.
Those terminals are temporarily closed while airport officials make sure everyone has gone through the proper security screening. Terminals 1 through 70 were not closed, according to WESH.
Robert Richardson, a reporter for WFLA’s sister station WNCN was at the airport at the time of the incident.
Orlando airport officials announced a “security breach” at @MCO. No flights have left or landed in the past hour. All passengers in Terminal A are being required to clear the terminal for a “security sweep” and return to the entrance to go through @TSA checks again. @WNCN @WFLA pic.twitter.com/cVtuJUILhx— Robert Richardson (@RobertReport) February 2, 2019
Richardson said airport officials announced a “security breach” around 10:40 a.m. He said no flights had arrived or departed from the airport for about an hour at that point.
According to the Orlando airport website, at least six incoming flights have been delayed. At least seven departing flights have been either delayed or canceled.
But in a tweet, Richardson showed the Southwest Airlines departure board with several other cancellations and delays.
Getting all of these people out of the terminal, waiting for a security sweep to be completed, going back through @TSA checks, and then coming back to the gates is going to take a while. That’s before factoring in folks coming for afternoom flights. @MCO @WNCN @WFLA @SouthwestAir pic.twitter.com/YkgC9vraSY— Robert Richardson (@RobertReport) February 2, 2019