HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A training kit for using improvised explosive devices was found in a checked bag at Honolulu International Airport this week.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, the IED is an inert item solely used for training purposes, but it is not allowed on commercial flights. Any item that looks like a bomb, grenade or other explosive device is banned, the TSA says.
Despite clear rules, TSA officials say they often discover prohibited items in passengers' luggage.
"When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must resolve the alarm to determine the level of threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane," the TSA says in a blog post.
Officials advise instructors or others who use inert training devices such as the one discovered in Honolulu to instead mail the items to their destination.