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Imposter dressed as pilot tries to get into Tiger Airways cockpit

Published on Oct 25, 2012 6:00 AM
Alexandrinus Seetoh rushing out of the Subordinate Courts on Wednesday. He has been granted adischarge not amounting to an acquittal. He is suspected to be suffering from a mental illnessand is believed to have used a fake pilot's identity card to make his ruse more convincing.But he failed in all five attempts. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

It was like a scene from the movie Catch Me If You Can. Dressed in a pilot's uniform and carrying an identification card, Alexandrinus Seetoh walked on board three different Tiger Airways flights.

The trouble was, he was not a real pilot but an imposter trying to gain access to the cockpit. The 37-year-old, who is suspected to be suffering from a mental illness, used a fake identity card to make his ruse more convincing, The Straits Times understands.

His escapades were reminiscent of the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a young man who successfully poses as an airline captain for the now- defunct carrier Pan Am. In Seetoh's case, however, the mission was apparently not successful.

"At no point did he enter the cockpit despite his attempts to gain entry," said a Tiger Airways spokesman.

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