A North Carolina man who told a TSA officer that he had a bomb in his pocket faced a judge for the first time Tuesday.
State Police arrested 26-year-old Jordan Rickard after he made a statement indicating he had a bomb.
Police said Rickard was selected by TSA security for further screening when attempting to board a flight at Bradley International Airport on Monday afternoon.
The TSA officer asked Rickard if he had anything in his pockets, at which time Rickard said, "Yes, I have a bomb."
When questioned again, Rickard kept patting his right front pocket and kept saying "bomb," according to court documents.
Rickard was taken into custody and searched by state police. However, investigators found nothing suspicious on his person.
His fiancé was also at the airport, but in a different line. She was detained by police for questioning.
She told police they were racing to see who could clear security first and had been looking at each other. The fiancé said she never heard Rickard say "bomb."
Rickard, who has no criminal history, was arraigned in Enfield Superior Court on Tuesday. He was released on a promise to appear with his next court appearance being on Aug. 21.
Rickard was in Connecticut to attend his grandfather's funeral.
Rickard did not talk to Eyewitness News after court Tuesday.
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