Statement on the passing of Lead Transportation Security Officer Robert Garcia after contracting COVID-19

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mourns the passing of another member of the TSA family. Fort Myers-based Lead Transportation Security Officer (LTSO) Robert Garcia passed away from complications of COVID-19, on August 28, 2021.

Garcia joined TSA in November 2002 and served as an LTSO at Lincoln Airport (LNK) in Nebraska prior to transferring to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). In total, Garcia was with TSA for almost 19 years, and is the first employee to pass away from COVID-19 at RSW. His experience, warmth and easy going nature will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues. 

TSA continues to urge all employees to get vaccinated and follow CDC guidance, including mask requirements. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Garcia’s family, friends and coworkers.