Pilot impostor makes it to cockpit before he's caught
Cops: Passenger had Air France shirt, fake ID
- Duration 4:35
- Date Mar 22, 2013
Cops: Passenger had Air France shirt, fake ID
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One US Airways passenger really -- want to fly back in the back of the plane.
So the feds say he posed as a pilot to try and score seat inside the cockpit.
Happen on a flight that was about to leave Philly police say this guy a French citizen had a ticket to fly in coach.
But that he asked the gate agent for a seat up front she said no not in first class no room and according to the police report.
He got furious -- the -- and he hates Americans.
And rather than taking his seat in the back kotsay told the fright flight -- hey I'm a pilot.
And that way he got to sit in the cockpits jump seat.
They say he looked like the real deal with first -- -- an Air France shirt on an Air France and bad in what looked like an airline and I.
His story started falling apart when he couldn't figure out how to open to jump safe.
Trace Gallagher is -- has more on this how -- finally catch this guy.
Well after he couldn't figure out how to open the -- -- -- the captain did get suspicious but apparently still allowed this phony pilot to sit down but then the gate agent who had the dust up.
With this phony pilot at the gate -- she came in to give the crew -- the final passenger list she noticed that the disgruntled passenger was sitting right there.
And the jobs -- notified the captain the captain notified authorities.
And they came on and finally hauled this guy away.
The big concern in all of this is that apparently his Air France ID was a terrible.
Fake ID here's.
Former commercial pilot rob mark.
It doesn't matter whether the gate agent.
You know did something or didn't do some thing -- -- flight attendant did or didn't do something.
The captain ultimately bears some responsibility for everything that goes on that airplane.
-- the suspect now facing multiple charges US Airways says door was always open in the passengers were never.
In any danger all -- did this same kind of thing happen a couple of months ago Trace.
-- -- back in September this time was an Italian guy who was posing as a Lufthansa -- he stuck in the cockpit but this guy actually flew from Italy.
To Germany in that cockpit and the authorities say they think he might have done it at least twice before.
And may be more but then again nothing compares to frank -- India a -- him.
He flew as a pan am pilot back in the 1950s.
As a pilot actually controlled the -- never had any flying experience 250 flights more than a million miles.
He of course was the subject of Leo DiCaprio is character.
In the movie catch me if you can't great story movie was okay cup victories Gallagher live -- thank you.
Let's bring this to a lawyer why don't -- joining us now as a defense very -- -- very Rebecca rose woodland.
What do you do -- this.
You know shut the problem I mean people think all he just wanted to see he didn't wanna he'd wanna sit -- -- the reality is the feds are looking at this seriously I don't know why.
What did sit in that front what he was having an intention to hurt the people on that plane -- US Airways said the door was open because they caught it.
But what if they didn't defend it got his -- -- a -- they got -- Champloo again I can't yeah I mean think about it.
He's -- facing state charges impersonation.
Falsifying documents -- -- mom -- -- -- that wasn't his idea he had nothing to do with Air France Air France has issued a statement.
That this man had nothing to do with them.
So we have some state charges he's facing five to twenty years on some of those charges.
But the -- coming in and say hey maybe this is the Patriot Act violation.
You know you don't have to necessarily.
Intends to murder people.
But when you act in a manner that scares people or puts people at risk.
-- them as a Patriot Act violations now.
That's why we have that to prevent people from -- -- terrorism otherwise it's a very dangerous situation we're looking at a man sitting in the cockpit come on.
It could have been awful -- you know he hates Americans now.
We -- were about to turn up the hate -- I'm guessing.
I mean he hates America and that's something else you.
Say those things when your at an airport now you're trying to fly and you're trying to get there safely say -- have to take every passenger on that plane safely to the next destination.
The threatening alarming people alarming the flight crew this is inappropriate so the feds are looking into this very seriously good -- it.
That's right that's what I say that I just -- Seated tickets and did two Kansas City tomorrow at all or part of -- you know.
Yeah -- -- you and I get there safely yet that's time I need to get their car went to war.
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