Traveler Trying to Carry Potential Explosives on Plane Arrested in Florida

April 3, 2008

A man was arrested Tuesday in Florida at Orlando International Airport carrying materials in his luggage that could have been used for an explosive device, FBI officials said.

Federal behavioral specialists spotted Kevin Brown acting suspicious around noon in the ticketing area. A search of his luggage revealed two galvanized pipes, end caps, two small containers containing BBs, batteries, two containers with an unknown liquid, laptop, and bomb making literature, according to an FBI statement.

Brown, a Jamaican national who is approximately 32 years old, planned to board a flight to Jamaica. His charges stem from carrying a weapon or explosive on an aircraft, authorities said.

FBI officials believe Brown was in the United States legally.

U.S. Rep. John Mica, a Florida Republican who was briefed, said “if what (authorities) described is accurate it’s probably one of the most serious security incidents at Orlando International Airport ever.”

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