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Serviceman With Explosives Detained at Texas Airport

Man was taken into custody by FBI
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2012 7:20 AM CST
Serviceman With Explosives Detained at Texas Airport
A Patrol Officer and Explosive Ordnance Technician secures an explosives transport box containing military-grade explosives to the back of a vehicle, Dec. 31, 2011, at the Midland International Airport.   (Heather Leiphart)

A man who identified himself as being active in the military was detained after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, federal and local officials said. The man was stopped yesterday at a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport about 9am and taken into custody by the FBI.

An FBI spokesman said he did not know where the man was being held, saying he was at either the airport or at the FBI office in Midland. The man and his family had been in the area visiting relatives and were on their way back to his base in North Carolina when the TSA, according to a statement, spotted a suspicious item in a carry-on bag during X-ray screening. The checkpoint was closed for about an hour while officers investigated and removed the item. (More TSA stories.)

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