Luggage alert stops screenings

LIHUE — The Transportation Security Administration halted screenings at Lihue Airport for about half an hour on Monday morning, triggered by a bag going through the checked luggage screenings.

Representatives with Hawaii Department of Transportation and airport director Craig Davis both confirmed the stop in screenings, which resumed about 11:50 a.m.

They also confirmed the cause was a suspicious piece of luggage, but had no further details.

“We don’t anticipate any delays in travel due to this,” said Tim Sakahara, HDOT spokesman.

Travelers at the Lihue TSA checkpoint on Monday said the line built up quickly and nerves ran high after a bag going through the screening was confiscated by airport security.

One witness said they saw a man taken into custody. The Kauai Police Department was not involved in the incident, according to KPD.

A TSA spokesperson gave no further information on the incident.


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