Student Arrested at Logan Airport for Trespassing

Sophomore faces court hearing today

When he learned Delta Airlines had given away his Thanksgiving break ticket home on Wednesday night, B.J. Averell '02 did what he does best: he improvised.

The Dunster House resident and member of the improvisational comedy group On Thin Ice was discovered stowed away in the restroom of a Delta Express small jet in a valiant attempt to get to his Collingswood, N.J. home in time for Thanksgiving.

Logan Airport security officials arrested Averell for trespassing and disorderly conduct. The sophomore will be arraigned today in East Boston District Court.

Averell arrived at Logan International Airport Wednesday night and cleared the security checkpoints with a ticket he purchased for a 6:15 p.m. flight from Boston to Philadelphia.

When he reached the airport's Terminal C, however, Averell was denied access to the plane. Airline officials informed him that he had not arrived in time and forfeited his seat to a passenger flying standby.

Determined to spend Thanksgiving Day with his family in their Philadelphia suburb, Averell passed by flight attendants at Logan Airport's Gate 14. He then vaulted a wall near the terminal to join passengers as they crossed the tarmac.

Upon boarding the plane, Averell found his seat occupied. He decided to spend the flight in the airplane's bathroom, where he remained until a fellow passenger informed a steward about his presence, Averell said.

The plane had not taken off yet, and airport security officials led the luckless Averell off the plane and arrested him on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing.

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