Charlotte Man Denies 'Bomb' In Conn. Airport Scare

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A Charlotte man denies telling security agents that he said the word "bomb" while going through security at Bradley International Airport.

Jordan Rickard faces breach of peace and other charges after his arrest at the Windsor Locks airport on Monday. Security agents say the 26-year-old Rickard said he had a bomb when asked if he had anything in his pockets.

The Journal Inquirer reports that the Transportation Security Administration said Rickard twice said he had a bomb, patting and slapping his right pocket. He was about to board a flight to Durham.

Rickard also faces charges of illegal tampering with airport equipment and falsely reporting an incident. He was arraigned in Enfield court on Tuesday and released on a promise to appear.

He's due back in court on Aug. 21.


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) - Police say a man was arrested at a Connecticut airport after telling security agents that he had a bomb.

Connecticut State Police say 26-year-old Jordan Rickard of Charlotte was going through security Monday afternoon when he was chosen by Transportation Security Administration agents for further screening.

Asked if he had anything in his pockets, he allegedly said: "Yes, I have a bomb."

Kevin Dillon, director of Bradley International Airport at Windsor Locks, Conn., said security screening was suspended for about 25 minutes as a result of what he called the man's inappropriate comment.

Police said Rickard will face numerous criminal charges and will be held on bond to appear in Superior Court.

Troopers were also questioning his girlfriend.

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