Air France: Man found in cockpit not an employee

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Pilot in cockpit of jet

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Air France says a 61-year-old French man arrested after sitting inside the cockpit of a plane scheduled to fly from Philadelphia is not one of its employees.

The airline said Friday that Philippe Jernnard was not wearing the airline’s uniform, did not have a badge verifying he was crew member or was not carrying any Air France crew baggage.

Jernnard, a ticketed passenger, was arrested Wednesay night after he was found by the crew of a US Airways flight bound for West Palm Beach, Fla., sitting in the jump seat behind the pilot.

He was wearing a white shirt with an Air France logo and black jacket with epaulets on the shoulders. Officer Christine O’Brien said police also found him in possession of a counterfeit Air France crew member ID card. She says he became argumentative and was escorted from the plane.

Jernnard was arraigned on state charges. Police say they expect federal charges to be filed. The FBI confirms it is investigating.

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