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Longtime TSA agent at MSP Airport dies of COVID-19


October 15, 2020

Leila Navidi – Star Tribune file

Travelers and airport workers, masked and keeping their distance from each other, walked through Terminal 1 of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

A longtime Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport died Tuesday from complications associated with COVID-19.

Gerald "Teddy" Girard began working for the TSA at the airport in December 2007, according to a TSA news release. He was certified to conduct security screenings in the checkpoint areas at the airport, as well as the TSA's checked baggage operation.

Girard, 67, of Minneapolis, is one of eight TSA employees to succumb to the coronavirus nationwide. All told, 2,102 TSA employees at airports across the country have tested positive for the virus. Nineteen TSA workers at MSP have contracted the virus, 18 of whom worked as screeners.


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