He planned to die in the explosion, a fate that he said was inevitable after convincing himself to become a martyr in a jihad against America, according to court documents.
He was arrested about 5:40 a.m. as tried to enter the airport tarmac and deliver a vehicle loaded with what he believed to be high explosives, Grissom said.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback joined the U.S. attorney at the news conference to announce the charges.
“In the ongoing war on terrorism, the good guys won one today,” Brownback said.
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport had 68 scheduled commercial flights on Friday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com.