A Charlotte man arrested at a Connecticut airport Monday and accused of telling a Transportation Security Administration agent that he had a bomb has been released from jail.
Police say Jordan Rickard, 26, claimed he had a bomb when he went through security at Bradley International Airport.
He was released from jail on a written promise to appear in court, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 21.
Rickard was apparently preparing to board a flight for Charlotte after visiting his ailing grandmother, according to the newspaper.
Rickard was going through security when he was chosen by TSA agents for further screening.
A TSA agent asked whether he had anything in his pockets. Police say he replied, “Yes, I have a bomb.”
Rickard was then arrested and is facing several charges.
The area around the checkpoint was briefly evacuated as authorities searched Rickard and used bomb-sniffing dogs to try to detect any explosives.
Rickard’s arrest comes during a time of heightened tensions as the U.S. State Department has ordered the closing of embassies across the Middle East and Africa because of an unspecified threat.
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