Another Grenade Incident Reported by TSA

Hilo, Hawaii Hilo International Airport was temporarily evacuated after the discovery of two grenade-like items were found during an x-ray screening of a passenger's carry-on luggage.

According to a spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), agents were conducting routine screening of the bag when they spotted the suspicious items. Hawaii Police Department Capt. Brian Prudencio said, "It temporarily inconvenienced the travelers due to the evacuation and securing of the airport."

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the items were inert pineapple grenades. "Although he did not make any threat or brandish the grenade, it being discovered in a controlled environment through the screening process did cause alarm to TSA employees who discovered it who in turn notified airport police who contacted us for our response," Prudencio said.

Airport operations resumed as normal about an hour later. A TSA spokesperson issued the following reminder to travelers, "TSA reminds everyone that grenades of any type, including replicas, are not allowed in either checked or carry-on luggage. When a traveler brings any type of grenade to the airport, it causes operations to shut down and delays travelers. Please be aware of the contents of your luggage prior to coming to the airport to avoid this type of situation from occurring."

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