Fake Italian Pilot Tries to Imitate Catch Me If You Can; Partly Suceeds

By Jon Partridge on at

Inspired by Steven Spielberg's 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, an Italian man going by the name of Andrea Sirlo tricked his way into the cockpit of at least one airplane by posing as a pilot with a home-made uniform and fake ID, managing to bag a free flight.

Police were alerted to the situation after 'Sirlo' introduced himself as captain to an aviation lieutenant, who became fairly suspicious of the Italian due to his young age. I'm sure it was because of the home-made uniform, personally. According to the police in a statement, "on at least one occasion in 2012, pretending to be a pilot of a foreign commercial airline, and with a fake name, he succeeded in flying as the third pilot in the cockpit."

He flew from Munich to Turin in April on an Air Dolomiti plane, but did not touch the controls once according to the police.

It looks like the cops can, as they managed to arrest the trickster at a bar in Turin airport. The man, whose identity has not been released, has been charged with endangering air transport security, while other claims that he has hitched a ride on more than one Lufthansa flight are being investigated.

I wonder if he would have gotten away with it if he had Leonardo's looks and charm? Anyone? [Metro]

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