In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started confiscating pressure cookers from passengers in airports (video below).
According to KHON 2, a male passenger at an airport in Hilo, Hawaii, was recently scheduled to fly from Hilo to Honolulu on a Hawaiian Airlines flight. However, TSA screeners detained the unidentified passenger and called the FBI after discovering what “appeared to be a modified pressure cooker."
The passenger was detained for questioning, items in his luggage were seized, which were described by the FBI as "bomb-making literature and batteries."
However, the man was not charged with a crime and was released.
“The FBI does not believe that this incident poses any imminent threat to civil aviation based on our limited investigation thus far,” the FBI said in a written statement.
According to the Detroit Free Press, a Saudi man, Hussain Al Khawahir, was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Saturday while traveling with a pressure cooker and a page(s) missing from his passport.
Apparently, Al Khawahir gave two accounts that sounded like they may have been confused in the English translation.
Al Khawahir initially said he brought the pressure cooker for his nephew because they are not sold in the U.S. When pressured by law enforcement, he said his nephew was too cheap to buy a good pressure cooker, so that's why he brought it.
Al Khawahir was charged with knowingly using an altered Saudi Arabian passport with missing pages and making a false statement to an U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer about the pressure cooker.
The FBI refuses to say whether or not pressure cookers are now banned from air travel. Pressure cookers are not listed on the TSA’s website as being prohibited.