Someone tried to smuggle anti-aircraft ammunition through security at Hawaii’s largest airport in a thermos

  • The U.S. Air Force bomb squad was called to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Hawaii on Friday.

  • Security found a round of anti-aircraft ammunition in a thermos in a checked bag.

  • The baggage area was evacuated and operations returned to normal two hours later.

A baggage area at Hawaii’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport was evacuated Friday after officials found anti-aircraft ammunition in a thermos.

The Transportation Security Administration told Business Insider that its X-ray technology flagged a checked bag as a potential security threat.

The agency said its officers and an explosives specialist reviewed the X-ray image before contacting law enforcement at the airport.

State sheriffs, the Honolulu Police Department Bomb Squad and the U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit responded. TSA said they chose to evacuate the room “out of an abundance of caution.”

“They identified the suspect item as a .50 caliber anti-aircraft ammunition in a thermos,” TSA said.

The statement added that operations returned to normal about two hours later, at 7:30 am

In October, TSA announced that it expects this year to break last year’s record for the number of firearms intercepted at airport security checkpoints – an average of nearly 20 per day.

“What we see at our checkpoints really reflects what we see in society, and in society today there are more people carrying firearms,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske previously told the Associated Press.

Later that month, a Washington state senator was arrested in Hong Kong after he said he accidentally carried an unloaded gun in his carry-on luggage, which went unnoticed as he went through security checkpoints in Portland, Oregon.

And in 2022, then-Congressman Madison Cawthorn was fined $250 after pleading guilty to bringing a loaded gun through a TSA checkpoint, according to CNN.

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