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Chaos Erupts As TSA Agent Dies At Airport Of Apparent Suicide

TSA Agent Dies In Apparent Airport Suicide
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Feb. 3 2019, Updated 10:01 p.m. ET

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Chaos ensued at Florida's Orlando International Airport on Saturday, February 2, 2019 after an off-duty Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer apparently killed himself there.

As CNN reported, the as-yet unnamed man, in his 40s, allegedly committed suicide by leaping from a hotel balcony inside the airport.

The bizarre death sent shocked travelers to panic and scatter, causing long flight delays.

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Cops have said that the man jumped from the Hyatt Regency Hotel onto an atrium floor in the main terminal overlooking a security checkpoint area at about 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.

TSA spokeswoman Jenny Burke identified the man as an off-duty TSA officer.

The man was found in critical condition and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

One traveler shuddered, "I'm probably the last person who saw him. I thought he was working" on the balcony.


"I heard the boom" when the man fell, he added.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer's family, friends and everyone in our TSA family," the TSA statement read after the stunning incident. "TSA will continue to work with the Orlando Police Department and GOAA (Greater Orlando Aviation Authority) to return operations to normal."

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