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Fake C4 explosives found in checked baggage at Honolulu Airport

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:06 a.m. HST, Nov 19, 2013

The Transportation Security Aadministration confiscated two inert replica plastic explosives from the carry-on baggage of a government contractor who was trying to board an early morning flight to Kona last week.

The male passenger was stopped at a Hawaiian Airlines interisland terminal security point with the two inert C4 demolition replica devices on Nov. 11, the TSA reported on its TSA blog.

An inert grenade was also detected at Spokane airport and Airsoft grenades were found in checked baggage at the Minneapolis St. Paul airport in the last two weeks.

"If an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc. it is prohibited- real or not," the blog post said. "When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening."

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gth wrote:
What a dummy! What more can we say about the employees of the federal contractors.
on November 18,2013 | 12:20PM
nitpikker wrote:
hopefully they kept the dummy with the dummies for the whole day.
on November 18,2013 | 02:51PM
Oahuan wrote:
I hope Homeland Security know that this was probably a test run by the terrorist. I hope they didn't release the guy. I mean if I can see this I hope to God that the people involved in protecting us can see this too.
on November 18,2013 | 05:10PM
Mana07 wrote:
OR......the stuff was training aids.
on November 18,2013 | 06:40PM
peanutgallery wrote:
You'd think the least the reporter could do was question the motive for transporting this stuff, and report it. S/A has some of the most incompetent reporting I've ever seen.
on November 19,2013 | 02:01AM
inlanikai wrote:
The incident happened some time last week. News travels slow here on the islands. :)
on November 19,2013 | 06:20AM
inlanikai wrote:
Hey S-A: You headline says it was in "checked baggage", but your story says it was in "carry-on baggage". Those are two different things. Which is it? And while we're at it, how about telling us what happened to the "male passenger"? Was he arrested, detained, questioned at the check point, let go?
on November 19,2013 | 06:19AM
control wrote:
You mean that you expect the SA to be complete and accurate in their journalism? Where do you think we are, a big mainland city with a big mainland newspaper? lol, kidding, but I don't expect the SA to be anything but a third rate newspaper.
on November 19,2013 | 09:30AM
AJSay wrote:
so does the idiot lose his job for his stupidity?
on November 19,2013 | 06:48AM
saveparadise wrote:
What the heck was this dude thinking? Nut case? Tester? Attention seeker?
on November 19,2013 | 09:30AM
control wrote:
It is good that TSA did find them but it sounds more like a TSA promo to try to convince the public that they are doing a good job. I would like to see the reports of TSA checks to see if they actually catch those things regularly or if they sometimes aren't caught. The problem is that people/news, etc. people who try to smuggle those things on board to test out the system are chastised, the public needs to know if TSA really does do a good job protecting us. why don't they allow a watchdog group to make sure that weapons are caught 100% of the time in airport checks. we hear of weapons passing through checks without problems so is TSA really protecting us?
on November 19,2013 | 09:37AM
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