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Fake pilot gets into cockpit

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A man posing as a pilot got inside the cockpit of a US Airways plane at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday night.

The man was removed before the plane took off but it is raising questions about security.

60-year-old Philippe Jernnard, a French national, was arrested at the airport.

The events unfolded on a US Airways flight that was heading to West Palm Beach.

Police say Jernnard became angry after he requested but was denied a seat in business class.  They say when he walked on the plane he showed the crew a fake Air France ID and said he flew 747s.

Air France says he is not one of its employees but police say he was wearing a white shirt with an Air France logo on it and an Air France bag.

The flight crew says he sat in the jump seat right behind the pilot.  Pilots from other airlines are allowed to sit in the jump seat on other planes, but they have to make arrangements ahead of time and their names would have to appear on the flight's manifest.

After the real pilots questioned him, he was thrown off of the plane but not arrested right away.

He apparently went to another terminal at the airport and rebooked his trip on another flight before he was arrested.

The man and members of his family have been questioned about the incident. He's in jail on $1 Million bail and is being charged with criminal trespass, and forgery of documents.  Federal charges are also expected.

The incident is has drawn similarities to the movie "Catch Me If You Can" in which Leonardo DiCaprio played Frank Abignale, Jr.  He posed as a TWA pilot and flew all around the world even though he never went to flight school.

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