TSA Agent’s Suicide Temporarily Closes Orlando Airport After Panicked Travelers Rush Past Security Screening

Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports:

A Transportation Security Administration agent was killed Saturday morning after jumping from a hotel balcony into the atrium of Orlando International Airport, authorities said.

The incident caused the Federal Aviation Administration to briefly ground all flights, causing delays and massive lines at security checkpoints, which were closed because of the suicide.

Sgt. Eduardo Bernal, a spokesman for the Orlando Police Department, said the agent jumped from an upper floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel into the atrium area of the airport, where some security checkpoints begin.

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports:

Paramedics transported the man, who was in his 40s, to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Jim Gregory, a spokesman for TSA, said the agent had just finished his shift when he jumped.

Airport officials said people waiting to go through security for gates 70 through 129 rushed past screening following the incident. As a result, those terminals closed while officials made sure everyone went through security.