Statement on the passing of Transportation Security Officer James Howard after contracting COVID-19

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mourns the passing of another member of the TSA family. James Howard, a Transportation Security Officer at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), passed away on September 5, 2021, after contracting COVID-19.

Howard was a Vietnam veteran and a retired law enforcement officer who joined TSA at RSW in August 2017. He is the second RSW officer to pass away following a COVID-19 illness.

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