Airport security worker leaps to his death in ‘apparent suicide’ at Orlando Airport

Orlando police said the man, who was in his 40s, jumped at 9:30am from the Hyatt Regency Hotel into an atrium at the Florida airport.

The TSA worker was found in critical condition and later pronounced dead at a hospital.

James Shaw, a hotel guest and witness, told WPLG: "Thought it was strange and then thought he may be observing the security area below since he was TSA. I wish I would have said something to him."

Jim Gregory, a spokesman for TSA, said the officer had just finished his shift when he jumped.

Orlando Police tweeted: "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."

The TSA released an official statement on Twitter regarding the incident.

The death follows the 35-day partial government shutdown in which TSA employees were expected to come to work without pay.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.

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