An off-duty TSA officer fell to his death from a hotel balcony inside the Orlando International Airport on Saturday, causing delays and long lines at security checkpoints, according to federal and local officials.
A man may have jumped from a balcony of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Orlando International Airport into the atrium of the airport, according to a statement from the airport on Saturday. The hotel is located inside the airport's main terminal.
In a tweet, the Orlando Police Department said the man, who was in his 40s, was found in the atrium in critical condition and later died after being transported to a hospital. Police called the death an "apparent suicide."
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After the man landed in the atrium, startled passengers entered the "sterile area" past the TSA screening area, requiring the airport to re-screen all passengers between terminals 70 and 129, according to the airport's statement.
Photos on Twitter showed what appeared to be long lines at the TSA and massive crowds gathering to be re-checked.