St. Louis man arrested for shoe bomb comment


KMOV
January 7, 2009

A St. Louis man who was jailed and charged with making a threat about a shoe bomb was released Tuesday.

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Michael Shafermeyer, 30, was arrested Saturday boarding a flight at Lambert Airport Saturday.

After spending 3 ½ days in jail, he spoke with News 4 to give his side of the story.

Shafermeyer said he was flying to Maryland to get married and because he was anxious about the wedding and nervous about flying, he had a few drinks before getting to the airport.

His friends describe him as a guy with a non-stop, quirky sense of humor.

When a flight attendant asked him to close his laptop after boarding, Shafermeyer says he was just trying to make a joke when he asked her, “Are you the one who checks for shoe bombs?”

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