By Victor O'Brien

Killeen Daily Herald

A Fort Hood soldier could pay a large price for a small joke.

Michael Wayne Tackman, 21, dressed in Army fatigues, was standing in the security line at the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport on Friday when security personnel asked him if he had liquids, gels or plastics in his bag.

Tackman replied, "No, but I do have C-4 in my bag," an arrest affidavit stated. A Killeen K-9 bomb unit and Killeen police officers responded after Tackman's claim. The American Airlines checkpoint was closed for an hour, while emergency procedures were followed. No explosives were found in his bag.

Tackman made the joke while standing less than four feet from a sign that requested no jokes or statements about bombs or threats during screening, the affidavit stated.

Tackman was arraigned Saturday by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. Bond was set at $20,000 on a felony charge of false alarm. Tackman remained in Bell County Jail Monday.

On Sunday, Keith Lanard Harvey Sr., 36, was stopped at the airport security line when officers found a fully loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun in his carry-on bag.

Harvey was in the carry-on baggage security line when an X-ray found the handgun. Harvey admitted to officers he placed the gun in his bag before he went to the secured area, the arrest affidavit stated.

Cooke set bond at $50,000 on a charge of possession of a weapon in a prohibited place.

Transportation Security Administration officials at the airport could not be reached for comment before press time Monday.

Contact Victor O'Brien at or (254) 501-7468.

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