Saturday, December 31, 2011

Man With Carry-On Filled With Explosives Stopped By TSA in Midland, Texas

Patrol Officer and Explosive Ordnance Technician Dylan Hale, left, secures an explosives transport box to the back of a vehicle to be taken to a storage facility, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the Midland International Airport in Midland, Texas. The military-grade explosives were confiscated from a departing passenger. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Heather Leiphart) Photo: Heather Leiphart / Odessa American

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -- A man was detained Saturday 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 at a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. and taken into custody by the FBI, they said.
City of Midland spokeswoman Tasa Watts said she had no information on the suspect but the explosives were wrapped in military-grade wrapping. She said the specific grade won't be known until the explosives are tested.
The Transportation Security Administration issued a statement saying one of its officers spotted a suspicious item in a carry-on bag during X-ray screening. It said the checkpoint was closed for about an hour while officers investigated and removed the item.

Good job TSA! You finally did something right, and you didn't even have to remove an elderly woman's back brace in order to protect flyers. 

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