Pilot Impersonator Arrested in Philadelphia
A US Airways customer service agent at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is being credited with calling attention to a passenger who attempted to impersonate an Air France pilot as he boarded a flight to West Palm Beach on March 20. The passenger had already caused a fuss over not being allowed to ride in first class. Since he was also wearing a pilot shirt and jacket with epaulets he walked into the cockpit of the waiting aircraft and attempted to take the cockpit jumpseat. The customer service representative noticed the passenger and called the pilot’s attention to the man, who was promptly arrested. The intruder was carrying a fake Air France ID.