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How to avoid an airport security line

You’ll just need to have been a commercial pilot, and a very bold (and stupid) one at that

An ex-pilot managed to bypass airport security at Honolulu International Airport by wearing his former employer’s uniform and badge.


The former Cathay Pacific pilot, American Joshu Osmanski, told US Federal court that he had donned his old uniform and lanyard months after being terminated from his job “so that I could cut the line and keep my shoes on while going through Honolulu airport security”.


According to Associated Press, Osmanski was allowed to pass through security after telling Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport he was part of the Cathay Pacific flight crew.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Hino said Osmanski hadn’t returned his flight crew credentials as he was supposed to after his termination, AP reported.


Ironically, Osmanski had been on his way to begin training for his new job at Atlas Air, a position he no longer holds.


The 39-year-old member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering the secure area of an airport, and faces a maximum of ten years in prison as well as a fine of $250,000.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 15 October 2014

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