ENFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)-- The last place a North Carolina man probably thought he'd be spending this Tuesday was in a courtroom in Enfield. But, that's exactly where 26-year old Jordan Rickard landed, thanks to an ill-advised comment at Bradley International Airport Monday afternoon.
As all of us know, in the post 9/11 world, any statement deemed to be a threat is taken extremely seriously. As one man found out, the wrong answer to a simple question can lead to a lot of headaches.
Twenty-six-year-old Jordan Rickard didn't have anything to say to reporters outside of Enfield Superior Court, Tuesday afternoon.
Ironically, it was what he's accused of saying at Bradley International Airport that landed him in a Connecticut courtroom.
Rickard was arrested Monday afternoon. According to a police report, Rickard was taken aside for further screening, prior to his US Airways flight to Washington.
At a security checkpoint, he was asked by a TSA agent if he had anything in his pockets.
Rickard allegedly answered 'bomb' as he patted his right side pocket.
The security agent then repeated the question, Rickard once again said 'bomb,' this time while continuously slapping his right front pocket.
A TSA supervisor was then called, followed by the state police, leading to charges of breach of peace, falsely reporting an incident and tampering with airport security to be filed against Rickard.
Flyers News 8 spoke with Tuesday all gave high marks to the TSA.
"It's not an over-reaction, it's just a reaction that's needed for other people's safety, so I mean it's not the big thing of what they did was wrong, they did something that was right," said Ty Funk, Highland, New York.
"I think they were right to do that in this day and time, with all that's going on with terrorism, you just don't make comments like that," said Nicola Anderson, North Haven.
According to the police report, Rickard adamantly denies ever saying 'bomb' to the security agent.
"That is nuts to joke about, yes there is freedom of speech, but that is the wrong way to go about it," said Alesia Funk, Highland, New York.
A couple of Southwest Airlines flights also had to be delayed Monday afternoon.
State troopers also questioned Rickard's girlfriend, who he was traveling with, but she was not charged.
Rickard was released Tuesday, but he has another court appearance scheduled for August 21st .
This case obviously a cautionary tale for anyone whose not careful about how they answer those questions that all air travelers get from those TSA agents.
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