Philippe Jeannard, a 60-year old Frenchman, was looking to travel from Philadelphia to West Palm Beach.
Unfortunately for Jeannard, he was unable to get a business-class upgrade on a US Airways flight.
So, he did the next best thing.
He put on a French airline pilot uniform and grabbed a seat in the cockpit.
Oh, by the way, both those things are illegal. And he was arrested.
According to police, Jeannard initially argued with a US Airways crew member working at the gate when he was denied his business class upgrade.
He demanded the upgrade, but was told there was simply no more seats in business class to hand out.
According to police spokeswoman Officer Christina O'Brien, Jeannard "became irate and told [the crew member] that he hated Americans," which is so French.
Jeannard, who was wearing a black jacket with gold stripes emblazoned on them, and a white button-down shirt with an Air France logo on the breast, angrily boarded the plane.
But, instead of heading to his assigned seat, he walked into the cockpit where pilots from other airlines usually can catch a ride. He told the pilots he was a 747 pilot. And they bought it. Because, why not?
But, as it is before every take off, the crew woman who had been arguing with Jeannard walked into the cockpit to give the captain the passenger count. That's when she saw Philippe sitting in the jump seat, probably with a glass of wine and reading something existential.
The co-pilot asked for some paper work, but Jeannard had none. That's when it was time for him to pack up his baguettes and his beret and get off the plane.
The cops were called and Jeannard was arrested. He's facing several charges including criminal trespass and record tampering, could be facing federal charges as well.
No word on if Jeannard told the crew that he fart in their general direction.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.