Man Charged With Trying to Bring Explosives Onto an Airplane

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - We're getting our first look at the man arrested for trying to bring explosives through a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport.

The FBI has identified him as 30-year-old Trey Scott Atwater.

He's being held at the Midland County Jail.

Atwater and his family had been visiting relatives in the Basin and were on their way back to his base in North Carolina.

Atwater sent his bag through the X-ray machine at the security checkpoint on Saturday morning and that's when TSA agents spotted a military grade explosive device in his bag.

The terminal was immediately evacuated while the Midland Police Bomb Squad and FBI swept the area.

Atwater was detained by the FBI for interrogation and the terminal was re-opened after about an hour.

Atwater is charged with trying to bring explosives onto an airplane.

FBI officials say he will remain in custody until his arraignment on Tuesday.

Right now, we don't know whether he was in a military uniform or how many explosives were in his bag.

Our sister station, WNCN, in Raleigh, North Carolina, went to the home where Trey Atwater lives.

On the door, there's a sign that reads Trey Atwater, U.S. Army.

Neighbors are also telling WNCN that Atwater is a green beret and had just come back from serving in Afghanistan in the first part of November.

We'll continue to bring you the latest developments on this story.