Pilot pleads guilty to unlawfully entering secure area of Honolulu Airport

US District Court - Hawaii
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US District Court - Hawaii
US District Court – Hawaii

HONOLULU – Joshu Osmanski pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to unlawfully entering the secure area of Honolulu International Airport.

The former Hawaii resident who now lives in Louisiana was a pilot with Cathay Pacific Airlines until July 2012.  He also was a military veteran and served in the Navy Reserves with honor and distinction, according to court records.


But six months after his employment ended with the Hong Kong-based airlines, the father of four children went through airport security at the Honolulu International Airport dressed in his former employer’s pilot uniform. He used his pilot identification and airport security badge to bypass screening.

Osmanski was caught following a tip from a woman who had been living with him on his boat at Kewalo Basin. Earlier he had a fallout with the woman and told local police she’d stolen his property, according to a court transcript.

FBI, Homeland Security, and NCIS jointly conducted the investigation into the security breach following the tip. Agents also seized an unregistered shotgun from Osmanski’s boat.

On March 25, 2014, a Honolulu Federal Grand Jury indicted Osmanski for unlawful access.

When he is sentenced on February 5, 2015, Osmanski could face up to 10 years in federal prison.

FBI Special Agent Tom Simon said Friday: “Obviously, airport security is a huge issue in today’s world. Any organized efforts to circumvent the integrity of Honolulu’s airport security will be investigated by the FBI and our law enforcement partners.”






  1. I'll be the cleared normal security because pilots working for non-US air carriers cannot "bypass security".

    All he did was cut to the front of the security line!

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