Kona Airport Flights Delayed After Man Scales Fence Into Restricted Area

By Tiffany DeMasters
February 10, 2022, 3:52 PM HST
* Updated February 10, 3:53 PM
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More than 1,000 passengers at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport had to be rescreened Wednesday night after a man scaled the wall into a sterile area.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:18 p.m. when the suspect was spotted on security cameras climbing the wall into an area where only screened passengers by TSA employees were allowed to be. Hawaii police were notified, but authorities say the man eluding capture.

At 7:30 p.m., all passengers in the gates were escorted back out and and re-screened by TSA, which started shortly after 9 p.m. Four flights were delayed for anywhere from one to two hours and affected 1,080 passengers.

No one was hurt in the incident. The suspect remains at large.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Big Island Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat.
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