Man lands in airport and then in jail |

Man lands in airport and then in jail

Veronica Whitney

GYPSUM – A visitor to the valley ended up in the county jail before even heading to the slopes.A 23-year-old man who had just arrived at the Eagle County Regional Airport was arrested for disorderly conduct after police said he displayed “unruly behavior” at a security checkpoint.The 23-year-old man, who had gone to baggage claim, was apparently upset because he was hungry and Transportation Security Administration screeners wouldn’t let him back into to the boarding area, where there the food counter was open. He had first gone to a snack cart in baggage claim, but it had just closed. He saw there was a snack shop on the other side of the checkpoint, but the screeners kept him in baggage claim, police said. The man didn’t have a boarding pass to get back through, police said. He allegedly yelled his story at deputies. Police also said the man had a strong smell of alcohol in his breath. The man allegedly continued to yell at police until they arrested him. When they put him in the car, he was still uncooperative and when police took his cell phone away, he allegedly started banging his head against the car window.Skis-and-bindings mysteryBEAVER CREEK – A 66-year-old Beaver Creek employee was disconcerted when his skis disappeared mid-December and reappeared by the end of the month. Another problem was the bindings didn’t fit his boots anymore, police said.The man told police that between Dec. 10 and Dec. 12, his $1,000 skis and bindings were taken from the Beaver Creek ski instructors’ locker area.On Dec. 29, the man found his skis in the locker area, but when his boots no longer fit in the bindings. He took the skis to a ski shop to adjust the bindings. A ski tech there told him he recognized the skis and he had adjusted them two weeks prior. He gave the man the name of the person who had brought the skis in and, police said, it allegedly was a ski instructor with the Beaver Creek Ski School.Police are continuing the investigation.Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or Vail, Colorado

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