Late passenger tries to break into plane, gets arrested at airport

Marco Green
May 17, 2018

It is understood he became aggressive and physical when he was told he was hours late for his flight by Jetstar staff.

And it wasn't even the right flight.

Video taken by a passenger at the airport, which has since gone viral on social media, shows the man at the top of airstairs still attached to a Jetstar plane bound for Sydney. He has been banned from all Qantas and Jetstar flights for the time being, and he could be excluded from both airlines for life, depending on the upcoming police investigation.

One witness, Susannah Murray, told Nine News how she saw the man "physically fighting with the staff".

The massive security breach happened today after the man missed his flight and then tried to charge onto a plane waiting to take off.

Witnesses say he then smoked a cigarette inside the airport - an act which is forbidden - before pushing over a computer, assaulting the Jetstar staff, and then making a break for the gate before running out to the tarmac.

"This man was trying to get up the stairs, he was physically fighting with the staff, punching and scratching them".

"At some point he got away from them", she said.

He's also been banned by Jetstar and Qantas.

Crew members arrived to hold off the man until the Australian Federal Police arrived and placed him under arrest.

An airport worker stands in front of a Jetstar passenger plane at Avalon Airport in Melbourne in this March 19, 2010 file photo. He will appear in court next month and the police said that more charges may be laid.

The man then attempted to board a Jetstar 787 Dreamliner but was confronted by the pilot before being Tasered by police and detained.

Ironically, the incident comes just two days after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull andHome Affairs Minister Peter Dutton used Melbourne Airport as a platform for discussing tougher security measures announced in the recent federal budget.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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