Frenchman's flight of fancy

A Frenchman wearing a uniform and claiming to be an Air France pilot was arrested on board a plane in the US city of Philadelphia after being found sitting in the cockpit, police said.

The man, identified as Philippe Jeannard, of La Rochelle, France, was a ticketed passenger for the US Airways flight to West Palm Beach, Florida, according to a police statement that spelt his name two different ways.

Jeannard (pictured), in his 60s, was found sitting in the jump-seat behind the captain's chair and claimed to be a 747 pilot for Air France. ''When [Jeannard] could not produce proper credentials he was removed from the flight and the police were notified,'' the Philadelphia police said.

''When arrested, [Jeannard] was in possession of a counterfeit Air France Crew member identification card.''

He has been charged with criminal trespass, tampering with records, impersonating a privately employed person and presenting false identification to law enforcement officials.