French Guy Poses as Pilot, Makes It to Cockpit
Based solely on his ... Air France T-shirt?
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2013 8:07 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Apparently Philippe Jernnard thought that donning an Air France shirt and a leather jacket with epaulets on its shoulders would be enough to let him pass as a pilot. Alas, it was not, but it did get him all the way to the cockpit of a US Airways flight before he was arrested last night. Seems the 61-year-old French man had a ticket on the flight from Philadelphia to West Palm Beach, but got upset after spoke with the boarding attendant and was denied a seat in business class, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Fox 29 Philadelphia reports that Jernnard boarded, then strolled right up to the cockpit and ended up sitting in the jumpseat behind the captain, telling the flight crew he was an Air France pilot. He was also carrying an Air France bag and "some identification that looked like he was a crew member from Air France," a Philadelphia police captain says. But when he couldn't provide the proper credentials—and the original boarding attendant spotted him in the cockpit—he was made to take his seat in the cabin and then later arrested. He's been charged with several crimes including impersonating a pilot, and the FBI is investigating. It's not clear what his intentions were.

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Mar 27, 2013 1:02 PM CDT
The fact that anyone other than an identifible pilot for the specific airline got anywhere near the cockpit is very TROUBLESOME! So much for security. The next time I fly, I'll be keeping an eye on that cockpit door. This Frenchie could have been a nut for some nutcase organization looking to make a (political) statement. The airline needs to retrain its personnel in security procedures! This guy should have been ejected the minute he started giving the crew any grief... admission to the cockpit!?....NOT!
Mar 22, 2013 6:54 PM CDT
He just wanted to sit with the important people.
Mar 22, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
This guy looks like a pilot ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Even in a full flight uniform.... this guy DOES NOT look like a pilot !!!!!