An airman upset at finding the USO at Logan's Terminal closed on Tuesday angrily harangued an airport worker about the situation and, after sputtering about the Marathon, allegedly said he had a pressure cooker in his backpack and asked what he was supposed to do with it, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and State Police.
Neither the worker nor State Police were much amused and after a search across the entire airport, troopers found Jeremy Sawyer, 30, of Cicero, NY, at Terminal E and gave him the chance to experience the inside of a civilian brig. He sat there until East Boston District Court opened on Wednesday, after which he was arraigned on a charge of making a bomb or hijack threat.
Prosecutors asked for $2,500 bail and an order to stay away from the airport. A judge released him on personal recognizance.
According to a State Police report, Sawyer tried to get into the Terminal C USO around 11:40 a.m. On finding it locked, he went to a Massport information booth to find out when it would open. When the Massport worker said he didn't know, because he didn't know the schedule of the volunteers who staff the lounge for service members, police say, Sawyer "became upset and irate" and began screaming at the worker about everything from the Marathon to military furloughs.
And then he started referring to pressure cookers and his backpack, police say. "What am I supposed to do with this pressure cooker?" he allegedly asked the worker. He then allegedly pounded his fists on the counter and walked away.
About 30 minutes later, troopers found him sitting in the lower level of Terminal E. After he allegedly admitted to being the guy they were looking for, the troopers read him his Miranda rights and took him away.
The DA's office says Sawyer did not have a pressure cooker in his backpack.