Man fakes pilot credentials to fly for free

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...-fakes-pilot-credentials-to-fly-for-free.html

    An Italian man has been arrested by police after flying as a fake airline pilot in a escapade reminiscent of Leonardo Di Caprio's role in the film 'Catch Me If You Can'.


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    The 32-year-old who went by the name 'Andrea Sirlo' created a false identity as a Lufthansa pilot and uploaded photos of himself in uniform on Facebook where he talked about his 'fake' flights with 400 friends including imaginary flight attendants.

    Wearing a home-made pilot's uniform and using forged identity cards 'Sirlo' flew in the cockpit as a "third pilot" free of charge on at least one flight in from Munich to Turin in April.

    He also created a Twitter account giving himself the title, First Officer Lufthansa.

    Police said they were alerted in January after 'Sirlo' introduced himself as a captain to a civil aviation lieutenant who thought he was too young for the job. 'Sirlo' is the name of a flight corridor over Turin.

    In the 2002 film 'Catch Me If You Can' , Leonardo DiCaprio played Frank Abagnale, a real-life con man who is said to have flown more than one million miles on over 250 flights as a fake Pan American pilot in the 1960s.

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    That takes some serious cajones.
     
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    Stupidity can substitute for cajones.
     
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    I don't understand why you would try to be a fake LH pilot in Germany. Pick a lesser-known, bankrupt airline, like AA. Then the homemade, threadbare uniform would make sense.
     
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    That could have happened only in Italy!
     
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    I don't know that riding in the jump seat is really being the "third pilot", especially since they might assume that an LH pilot isn't currently qualified in an Air Dolomiti ATR or E95.

    Selecting an LH uniform does make sense, since Air Dolomiti is an LH partner.
     
  7. tornadoflyer

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    What does it say about security though?????
    Sure the guy is a wannabe Walter Mitty saddo??
    Or something more sinister??
     
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    Ah! Italy, my favorite European country. Maybe the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, Francesco Schettino, was also an impostor.
     
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    Highly probable.
     
  11. tornadoflyer

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    Ouch.....harsh......

    However.....let the facts speak for themselves.....

    Maybe a culture issue???????
     
  12. Paolo Scuri

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    I hope not.
     
  13. anabolism
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    Why?

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    I assume it wasn't meant literally, especially as it is in quotes, as is the fake name he used. I know that airlines frequently allow each other's crew jump-seat privileges, and always assumed it would be a policy violation for anyone not a current employee of the airline to operate anything beyond a drinks trolley.

    Makes sense.

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    Great movie (and explicitly referenced in the news article linked in the first post). "Why didn't I just concur?"

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