Philippe Jernnard, right, is accused of impersonating a pilot aboard a US Airways plane.

Fake Pilot Arrested After Entering Cockpit at Philadelphia Airport

It's unclear what exactly explains the French man's antics.

Philippe Jernnard, right, is accused of impersonating a pilot aboard a US Airways plane.
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A French man was arrested Wednesday evening after entering the cockpit of a US Airways plane at Philadelphia International Airport.

The man was reportedly wearing a fake Air France uniform and claimed he was a 747 pilot when he was found—along with his luggage—in the jump-seat of the cockpit.

After the impostor aviator, Philippe Jernnard, was asked to present credentials, CBS Philly reports, he "became argumentative" and was escorted off the plane.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Jernnard, identified in news reports as either 60 or 61 years old, was carrying a "counterfeit" Air France crew ID card. Some reports identify his surname as Jeannard.

Before his head-scratching antics, the man had unsuccessfully attempted to upgrade his ticket on the Florida-bound flight to business class. When the gate agent told him that wasn't possible, he told her that he "hated Americans," NBC 10 reports.

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It's unclear why Jernnard believed posing as an Air France pilot would grant him access to the cockpit of a US Airways plane.

Jernnard is in jail, charged with trespassing and document tampering. Federal charges are expected Friday. His bail is currently set at $1 million.

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