Statement on the passing of Supervisory Transportation Security Officer Manuel Quijano after contracting COVID-19

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regrets to announce that another member of the TSA family has passed. Manuel “Manny” Quijano, a Supervisory Transportation Security Officer (STSO) at Tampa International Airport in Florida, passed away on Sunday, after contracting COVID-19.

Quijano joined TSA in 2002 when the checked baggage operation was still in the airport lobby. He later assisted in transitioning the baggage operation to one of the first inline baggage systems in the country. He served in the U.S. Army from 1992-1996 and was also a Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy. He will be greatly missed.

President Biden issued an executive order on September 9, 2021 that requires all federal employees be fully vaccinated by November 22, subject to limited exceptions as required by law. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Quijano’s family, friends and colleagues.