Atlanta TSA officer dies of coronavirus

Atlanta TSA officer dies of coronavirus
File photo of security lines at the Atlanta airport. (Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

An officer with the Transportation Security Administration who worked at Atlanta's airport has died of the coronavirus, officials announced Tuesday.

Officer Dian Phipps died Monday after getting sick with the virus.

"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," officials wrote in a statement.

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Dian first joined the TSA in 2006 and started his career working checkpoint screening operations at Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He worked at the Juneau International Airport in Alaska before transferring to Atlanta.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Dian’s family, friends and his TSA colleagues,” officials said in a statement.