A French man impersonated an airline pilot, making it all the way into the cockpit of US Airways flight Wednesday (March 20).
Philippe Jernnard boarded the flight bound for West Palm Beach, Fla., in Philadelphia.
The 61-year-old pretended to be an employee with Air France, and somehow made his way to the cockpit. But when he was asked to leave –for failure to provide accurate credentials—he became argumentative.
From the Huffington Post:
Jernnard, who was a ticketed passenger, was wearing a white shirt with an Air France logo and had a black jacket with epaulets on the shoulders, police said. Officer Christine O’Brien said police also found him in possession of a counterfeit Air France crew member ID card.
It’s not clear how Jernnard got into the cockpit, but police said there’s no indication he meant any harm. A US Airways spokeswoman referred questions to the FBI, which confirmed it is investigating but declined to comment Friday.
O’Brien said Jernnard initially became upset at the gate when he asked to be upgraded to business class.
“The (US Airways) employee gate agent told the male there was no space left in business class. He became irate,” then boarded the plane, O’Brien said.
Jernnard was taken into custody and slapped with several charges including criminal trespassing, and false impersonation. He is also expected to face federal charges.
For now, Jernnard remains behind bars on $1 million bail. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 5.