Friday, 24 October 2014


A pilot fired from Cathay Pacific Airlines said he wore his former employer's uniform and ID badge to bypass security at Honolulu International Airport.

The Associated Press reports that 39-year-old Joshu Osmansk pleaded guilty Friday in federal court on charges that he unlawfully entered the secure area of an airport.

Osmansk, a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, said in court that he wore his old uniform and badge at Honolulu "so that I could cut the line and keep my shoes on while going through Honolulu airport security."

The incident occurred Jan. 26, 2013 — "months" after he was fired, according to AP. Osmansk went on to tell the court he knew doing so was wrong. Hawaii News Now says the investigation of the case "was conducted by the FBI and NCIS following a tip from the public. Osmanski was indicted by a Honolulu Federal Grand Jury on March 25, 2014."

AP offers more in its report, writing:

"In addition to wearing the uniform, he had the Cathay Pacific badge on a lanyard around his neck, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Hino. Osmanski told Transportation Security Administration officers he was part of the Cathay Pacific flight crew. He was allowed to pass through without undergoing normal passenger security screening, Hino said.

"Federal agents later questioned Osmanski, who told them he no longer worked for the airline. After he was terminated from Cathay Pacific, Osmanski didn't return his flight crew credentials as he was supposed to, Hino said."

According to the details in his plea agreement, Osmanski had bought tickets on Delta to fly to the U.S. mainland, where he was to begin training for a new job at cargo and charter carrier Atlas Air.

Osmanski's attorney says Osmanski is no longer at the Atlas Air job and is studying dentistry at Tulane University in New Orleans. Osmanski could get a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he's sentenced in February.