MIDLAND, Texas, Dec. 31 (UPI) — A U.S. serviceman was taken into custody Saturday after explosives were found in his carry-on bag at Midland (Texas) International Airport, authorities said.
The Midland Reporter-Telegram reported the incident led authorities to evacuate and shut down the airport’s terminal for about an hour.
The suspect, who was being held by the FBI and had not been identified, is an active serviceman who had been home visiting family and was returning to North Carolina, Midland police Sgt. Brian Rackow told the newspaper.
The explosives, which had military-grade wrapping, were discovered by Transportation Security Administration officers while the man’s carry-on bag was going through the X-ray machine shortly before 9:30 a.m., city police said.