The Orlando International Airport (MCO), Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), and Orlando Police Department are reporting the Orlando Airport is experiencing delays after an incident involving a TSA agent.
The agent involved was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He passed away later as a result of his injuries.
Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell announced that travelers in gates 70-129 had to be re-screened by security after the incident.
The Orlando Police have been sharing updates via their Twitter account @OrlandoPolice. Updates have included:
- “At 9:30 a.m., an individual jumped from the Hyatt Regency Hotel into the atrium area of the airport. A male in his 40s was found in critical condition and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Preliminary information suggests an apparent suicide.”
- “We can confirm the deceased individual involved in this incident is an employee of the @TSA. Our hearts are with the @TSA family during this very difficult time.”
- “For information regarding airport operations or flights, please follow @MCO or contact your airline directly.”
The Orlando Airport Twitter account, @MCO, has recently posted:
- “The incident that occurred at the Hyatt hotel impacted the east checkpoint which serves Airsides 2 and 4 (gates 70-129). Passengers were required to be rescreened as a security precaution but the airsides have reopened. 1/2”
- “Passengers should expect delays as we work to resume normal ops. Please arrive early for any scheduled flights. 2/2”
If you have a flight departing from MCO today (2/2/19) be sure to check with your airline and or the Orlando Airport to confirm airport operations and flight status.