Suspicious letter causes evacuation at airport Terminal unaffected; no flights delayed


A suspicious letter found Wednesday at Kona International Airport forced an evacuation but did not disrupt flight operations, said Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter.

Around 10:30 a.m., employees in Building 331, which houses Securitas Security Services, and federal and state Department of Agriculture offices, came across a letter that had “some suspicious writing” on it, Sluyter said. She declined to provide any other details but when prompted said the writing was not “outright threatening.”

The letter was isolated and the airport’s fire department and the Hawaii Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team were called, Sluyter said. The letter remained unopened, however. Employees that may have come in contact with it were screened and deemed OK.

The building, located on the north side of the airport, was evacuated “out of an abundance of precaution,” she said.

No flights were disrupted and the evacuation was lifted in the afternoon, she said.