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French man found in plane's cockpit at Philadelphia airport ordered to leave US

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 18 2013 01:42:13 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2013 02:16:02 PM CDT
Philippe Jeannard

Philadelphia Police Department

PHILADELPHIA -

A French man accused of gaining access to the cockpit of a plane at Philadelphia International Airport by impersonating an airline employee has been sentenced to time served and will be deported.

Philippe Jeannard was sentenced Tuesday in federal court after pleading guilty to a fraud count.

Jeannard, 61, is from La Rochelle, France. He's been in custody since March 21, one day after authorities said he unsuccessfully sought a seat upgrade on a Florida-bound flight and then used a fraudulent Air France ID card to gain access to the cockpit. He was found sitting in the jump seat behind the pilot.  

Jeannard's public defender has said he never meant to cause any problems.

His public defender has said he never meant to cause any problems.

A judge said Jeannard won't be permitted back into the United States without written permission from the secretary of Homeland Security.