The angry Frenchman came upon an audacious solution when he couldn’t fly business class, a plan worthy of “Catch Me If You Can.”
Told the section was full, Philippe Jernnard just went into the cockpit and pretended to be crew, even dressing the part, police allege.
Unlike Leonardo DiCaprio in the film about a successful pilot impersonator, Jernnard was caught in his ruse at Philadelphia International Airport and is now being held on $1 million bail, Philadelphia police said Friday.
Air France confirmed that none of its employees had tried to board the Charlotte-bound flight. Jernnard wasn’t wearing the airline’s official uniform and badge or carrying the company baggage.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration wouldn’t discuss the case and referred calls to the FBI.