January 7, 2009
A St. Louis man who was jailed and charged with making a threat about a shoe bomb was released Tuesday.
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?”