Cops: Fake pilot busted on Phila.-to-Fla. flight

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Posted: March 22, 2013

A PASSENGER who apparently didn't want to settle for coach on his flight from Philadelphia to Florida on Wednesday night posed as a pilot so he could sit in the cockpit instead, police say.

Philippe Jeannard, 60, of La Rochelle, France, had a ticket for the flight but allegedly donned what appeared to be an Air France captain's outfit and gained access to the cockpit of a US Airways flight departing Philadelphia International Airport.

"When Jeannard could not produce proper credentials, he was removed from the flight and the police were notified," said Jillian Russell, a Police Department spokeswoman.

Investigators say he was carrying a counterfeit Air France crew identification card when arrested.

Jeannard had previously been denied an upgrade to business class, Fox 29 reported.

Jeannard was being held on $1 million bail on several charges, including criminal trespass and tampering with records, said Russell. The FBI has taken the case. Jeannard is scheduled for a federal court hearing Friday on additional charges.


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