Some travelers are expressing fear and concern over an incident in Hilo where a man tried to take a modified pressure cooker and bomb making literature on a plane.
Sources say this is where TSA screened the luggage of a man who was heading to Honolulu on a Hawaiian Airlines flight.
He tried to check in luggage containing what appeared to be a modified pressure cooker.
According to sources, screeners also found literature on how to make bombs and batteries wrapped in tape.
We talked to Hawaiian Airlines passengers in Hilo who were startled by what we discovered since a pressure cooker was used in the Boston Marathon bombing last month.
“I would be very concerned if there was a pressure cooker on board because of what happened in Boston, said Honolulu resident Gladys Umemeto.
After hearing about stuff like Boston, do you still feel safe?
“Well I guess up until 2 seconds ago,” stated Honolulu resident Jewal Allbrett. “It’s just unreal how fast things happen… One place even though you don’t live there, you don’t think about it. Now it’s happening over here.”
The FBI did get involved yesterday and detained the passenger.
He was released and tried to fly out of Hilo again today but was again questioned and released.
In a statement, the FBI said there were no explosives in the luggage or on the passenger.
The FBI does not believe that this incident poses any imminent threat.
The State Department of Transportation has not yet commented on the incident.