TSA: Man Flying to Hilo Tried to Smuggle Knives
by Dave Smith
A man flying to Hilo from Honolulu Airport last week tried to smuggle three knives in a thermos, the Transportation Security Administration said.
The TSA said that the passenger had gone through the checkpoint once and was allowed to take the knives outside of the security area to place them in checked baggage.
Instead, the man attempted to sneak them through security in a thermos.
The incident took place on Jan. 20. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the man was allowed to board a later flight to Hilo.
The TSA said that the knives were among at least 45 weapons discovered in carry-on bags or on passengers themselves around the nation last week.
That included 30 firearms, 25 of which were loaded. Thirteen of those had rounds chambered.
TSA also found nine stun guns in carry-on bags.
Other weapons discovered included a belt-buckle knife in Los Angeles and a sword cane at Memphis.