New charges for man accused of impersonating pilot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A French man accused of impersonating a pilot after sitting in an airliner cockpit at Philadelphia International Airport now faces federal charges.

The U.S. District Attorney's office says 61-year-old Philippe Jeannard of La Rochelle, France, was charged Monday with criminal trespass. He already faced state charges including trespass, forgery and false impersonation.

Authorities say Jeannard was wearing a shirt with an Air France logo and carrying a counterfeit Air France ID card when he boarded a Florida-bound US Airways flight Wednesday.

Jeannard was a ticketed passenger but allegedly sat in a cockpit jump seat behind the pilot, then became verbally abusive. The affidavit says Jeannard told crew members he was an Air France pilot.

Jeannard remains in custody; it's unclear whether he had an attorney on the federal charges.


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