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    Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    A French man has been arrested on board a plane in the US after being found sitting in the cockpit wearing a uniform and claiming to be a pilot.

    Police say the man, who identified himself as Philippe Jernnard, was a ticketed passenger on the US Airways flight to West Palms Beach, Florida.

    The 61-year-old was found sitting in the jump-seat behind the captain's chair.

    He claimed to be a 747 pilot for Air France.

    Police say they have detained him on charges of trespassing, impersonating a public servant and lying to officers.

    "When [Jernnard] could not produce proper credentials he was removed from the flight and the police were notified," Philadelphia police said in a statement.

    "[He] was in possession of a counterfeit Air France Crew member identification card."

    He is being held in custody with bail set at more than $1,000,000.

    Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
    I'm not sure if this scares me or enrages me. How did he manage to get past security and into the cockpit of a US aircraft?

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    Re: Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    I'm not sure if this scares me or enrages me. How did he manage to get past security and into the cockpit of a US aircraft?
    How could he not get past security? He was a ticketed passenger. Do you think TSA is looking for pilot outfits in your luggage?
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    Re: Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    How could he not get past security? He was a ticketed passenger. Do you think TSA is looking for pilot outfits in your luggage?
    I no expert on commercial air travel, but don't they let the crew in first, and lock the cockpit before passengers are let onboard?

    The story is a bit confusing, it says he was in possession of a counterfeit Air France Crew member identification card, but also says he could not produce proper credentials.

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    Re: Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    I no expert on commercial air travel, but don't they let the crew in first, and lock the cockpit before passengers are let onboard?

    The story is a bit confusing, it says he was in possession of a counterfeit Air France Crew member identification card, but also says he could not produce proper credentials.
    Depends on the airline's protocols. I travel regularly and most of the time I see the cockpit open when I walk by.
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    Re: Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Depends on the airline's protocols. I travel regularly and most of the time I see the cockpit open when I walk by.
    I also just noticed that it says he was in the jump seat, so I think I was over reacting in the OP, it is a mistake, but not quite as bad as I originally thought.

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    Re: Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    I'm not sure if this scares me or enrages me. How did he manage to get past security and into the cockpit of a US aircraft?
    It is nice to know that cockpit security was not included in the super secure measures adopted after 9/11. Of course the airline will not be fined, shut down or suffer in any way, since it is now up to the gov't (i.e. the taxpayers) to provide airline security. You just can't fix stupid, no matter how much money you have to spend trying.
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    Re: Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    I'm not sure if this scares me or enrages me. How did he manage to get past security and into the cockpit of a US aircraft?
    Who gives a ****, he was caught.

    Also, 1,000,000 dollars is excessive bail.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Depends on the airline's protocols. I travel regularly and most of the time I see the cockpit open when I walk by.
    Yep. No sense keeping the passengers from flying the aircraft, they would never try that.
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    Re: Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Who gives a ****, he was caught.

    Also, 1,000,000 dollars is excessive bail.
    Yep. No problem at all that anyone can get into the cockpit, nobody would ever try to fly our commercial aircraft into buildings.
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    Re: Man arrested after posing as Air France pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Yep. No problem at all that anyone can get into the cockpit, nobody would ever try to fly our commercial aircraft into buildings.
    Happened once in how many years? And this guy clearly did not fly the plane into a building. He was caught. No need to overreact.
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