A terminal at Orlando International Airport was evacuated and incoming flights have been grounded on Saturday morning after a Transportation Security Administration officer jumped to his loss of life, the police and witnesses stated.
The officer, described by the Orlando police as a person in his 40s, had simply clocked out of labor earlier than leaping from a balcony of the Hyatt Regency within the airport atrium about 9:30 a.m.
Jenny L. Burke, a spokeswoman for the company, confirmed that an off-duty T.S.A. worker had fallen from a balcony contained in the airport and died. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family, friends and everyone in our T.S.A. family,” she stated.
The police stated on Twitter that “preliminary information suggests an apparent suicide.”
The sound of the person crashing to the ground induced passengers to flee unscreened right into a restricted space, Ms. Burke stated. Crowds of passengers have been being rescreened on Saturday afternoon. Officials stated flight operations have been beginning to return to regular about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a halt to inbound flights that was lifted at 11:30 a.m.
Michael Bawol, 32, was touring house to Halifax, Nova Scotia, after per week of labor in Florida when he noticed a person standing on the outer ledge of a balcony on the highest flooring of the resort, he stated.
“It looked like he was repairing something, and I thought to myself that this was a very dangerous spot to be fixing something,” Mr. Bawol wrote in an electronic mail. “At that moment, he turned and faced the main hall, extended his arms to the side and let himself fall.”
Mr. Bawol, who stated he was about 20 ft away, seemed away when he realized that the person was leaping.
“I covered my ears, but the sound of impact was still audible,” he stated.
Adults and kids started crying once they realized what had occurred. T.S.A. brokers rushed in and guided passengers to the terminal exits. Paramedics tried to revive the person earlier than shifting him to a stretcher.
The police stated the person, whose identify was not launched, was taken to a hospital, the place he was pronounced useless.
Another witness, Greg Oswald, a psychologist from Plainfield, Ill., was returning house after a Disney cruise along with his spouse and 4 youngsters when he heard passengers gasping and screaming.
“All the families and everyone there is just watching in horror,” Mr. Oswald stated. “I was anxious and scared and very worried for my family.”
During the partial authorities shutdown, T.S.A. workers at several major airports around the country were working without pay and began to call in sick in increasing numbers, union and airport management officials.
Congressman Darren Soto, a Democrat of Florida, said on Twitter: “Our @TSA Officers have already suffered so much during the #GovernmentShutdown. This apparent suicide only adds to tragedy experienced at Orlando Int’l. Our prayers go out to his family and co-workers after this difficult loss.”
[If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can find a list of additional resources at SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.]