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Tardy Passenger Arrested After Trying to Break Into Departing Flight

18 May 2018, 03:45 | Taylor George

Camera Icon The man reportedly tried to storm the nearest

The man reportedly tried to storm the nearest A320

He pushed a crew member and ran through the terminal gate onto the tarmac where he was able to access the stairs leading to the plane.

In a statement to, Australian Federal Police confirmed it had responded to an incident at Terminal 4 this morning.

Anyone who's ever missed a flight would know exactly how it feels to sit in the airport and be forced to stare longingly at the locked plane you were supposed to be on.

A man was arrested at the airport on May 17, 2018 after storming the tarmac in an attempt to board the plane. He then stormed the tarmac, where he tried to board a Sydney-bound plane, witnesses told Australian broadcaster 9 News, who obtained footage of the incident.

Initially he was stopped halfway up the boarding stairs but then broke free and made it to the aircraft door before being restrained by baggage handlers again.

The highly troubling video shows the man trying to wrench the door open before kicking it.

In the process, the 57-year-old is said to have assaulted an employee of the airline he was meant to be travelling with, Jetstar, and has been charged by police.

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"We were sitting waiting to get on the flight and people went, 'Oh my God, what is going on?' Someone was running on the tarmac".

Police then showed up and escorted the bearded and tattooed man, who had greying hair and was wearing a dark sweater, back through the airport.

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.

It is understood that the man became enraged when Jetstar staff notified him that he had missed his flight - with one witness claiming "he was physically fighting with the staff, punching and scratching them".

Melbourne Airport has been contacted for comment.

AFP officers have taken the man into custody but charges are yet to be laid.

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