A man impersonating a pilot gained access to the cockpit of a U.S. Airways flight getting ready for take-off at the Philadelphia International Airport on Wednesday. According to “Fox and Friends” live on Friday, March 22, 2013, the man claimed he was an Air France pilot when boarding a flight headed for Florida.
Philippe Jernnard, 61, of France was wearing a shirt with the Air France logo and he was carrying an Air France bag, making him look authentic enough to fool the crew on the plane, according to Fox News on Friday. After Jernnard was denied a seat in business class he boarded the flight and introduced himself to the crew as a pilot from Air France. Believing the man, he was granted access to the cockpit and sat in the jump seat right behind the pilot.
Police were called when the crew found out he wasn't a pilot and he was escorted off the plane by police. The FBI is investigating this security breach at the Philadelphia International Airport. Fox News interviewed passengers the following day who were getting on the same daily flight as the imposter did on Wednesday and needless to say they had concerns. One woman said that the time consuming security that the passengers are put through seems to be for nothing if this type of breach gets a man all the way into a cockpit, never mind just on a flight.