The Transportation Security Administration announced the death of the the 3rd TSA Agent to die from COVID-19. Dian Phipps, who passed away on April 13th, was a Transportation Security Officer working at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport.
The TSA offered this statement regarding his passing:
“For over 14 years Dian dedicated his career to protecting the traveling public, and his contributions to TSA and our mission will not be forgotten. Dian first joined the TSA family in 2006 and began his career working checkpoint screening operations at Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He also worked as a checkpoint screening officer at Juneau International Airport in Alaska before transferring to Atlanta. His co-workers over the years remember him as a kind and humble person who was always fun to be around, as well as being a talented singer. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Dian’s family, friends and his TSA colleagues.”
This is the 3rd TSA Agent to succumb to the coronavirus. As of April 16, the TSA reported 412 infected TSA Agents, a grim reminder of the great risk they placed themselves at the airport. Less than 1% of the roughly 50,000 employees TSA employs have been infected.
JFK Airport has been hit the hardest with 89 infections followed by Newark with 44 infected agents. Of the 3 deceased agents, 2 have been from ATL. The chart below shows the distribution of infections by US airports.
Data: Sourced from TSA website as of 4/16/20 @ 6:30AM Pacific Time.
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