Statement on the passing of Midland, TX TSA officer after contracting COVID-19

Monday, November 23, 2020

MIDLAND, Texas – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announces with deep sorrow the loss of Midland International Air and Space Port (MAF) Lead Transportation Security Officer (TSO) Gabriel Gonzales, who passed away on November 21, 2020, after contracting COVID-19.

Gonzales joined TSA in September of 2002, shortly after the agency’s creation following the September 11 terrorist attacks. During his 18-year tenure with TSA, he served as a Passenger Support Specialist and received numerous awards and recognitions including the prestigious 2019 Customer Service award for MAF airport.  Gonzales leaves behind his wife of over 18 years and three sons. 

TSA offers heartfelt condolences to Officer Gonzales’ family, friends and his TSA colleagues. He is the tenth TSA employee to pass away after contracting COVID-19. His death reminds all at TSA of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to continuing to take every precaution to help protect our workforce as well as airline travelers.