"Shafermeyer's [sic] friends say he is a nervous flier who had a few drinks before boarding the flight Saturday afternoon.
"Out came an inappropriate joke that was not just inappropriate, but severely inappropriate for the situation," says Shafermeyer's friend Jonathan Getszchman.
"The stewardess asked him, 'Can I get you anything sir?' And he replied, 'No thanks. I've got my shoe bomb and I'm OK.' He must have been thinking, 'Ha ha ha.' But, 'no, there was no ha ha.'"
The airport says it was more serious. A spokesman says Shafermeyer was also defying orders to put away his laptop. United Airlines will only say an inappropriate comment was made. Shafermeyer was removed from the plane and arrested. The plane was searched before leaving for Washington DC.
Shafermeyer never made it to his destination, which was his wedding. He planned to get married in a small ceremony in Maryland Monday night."
"Helias, heard here on the 2006 track, "Valet", improvised a lyrical half-couplet that referenced a shoe bomb while awaiting takeoff. He was promptly removed from the flight and placed in the St. Louis County Jail, where he was determined to have a threat level of "Fonky"."
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