There were different descriptions of what happened. Orlando police reported that a man in his forties, in an apparent suicide, jumped out of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 9:30 am ET on an atrium floor in the main terminal.
TSA spokeswoman Jenny Burke identified the man as an Off TSA officer and said he had fallen from one of the multi-level hotel's balconies overlooking an area where people are staying at one of the airport's security checkpoints ,
The man was found in critical condition and taken to a hospital where he was taken to a hospital was declared dead, police said. His name was not published, and more information about what led to his fall was not immediately available.
The fall caused temporary panic in the atrium as well as long delays for some travelers trying to get in and out of the atrium
One passenger says TSA workers told them to run
"Then I saw the TSA agents getting up and suddenly they told us to run to just go through the show," Eaden said.
The TSA said that several passengers passed security without security clearance. All passengers at gates 70 to 129 had to be screened again, the airport said.
At about 3:00 pm, the airport tweeted that the waiting time at these checkpoints had been reduced to less than 15 minutes. Numerous flights have been canceled, especially for Southwest Airlines, the airport has tweeted.
Even travelers flying into the airport were stopped.