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

17 May 2018

A passenger who missed his flight has broken through barriers and stormed a Jetstar plane at Melbourne Airport, before being restrained by ground staff.

The incident captured on video inside the terminal showed the man bashing and pulling frantically on the plane's door.

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Nine News reports he became angry at missing a flight and pushed staff out of the way, before running onto the tarmac.

Footage obtained by 9 Information reveals him attempting to tear the door off the aircraft, together with placing his foot up on the fuselage to get a greater grip.

"We had been sitting ready to get on the flight and folks went 'Oh my god, what's going on?'" she informed 9news.com.au.

The flight was not damaged but was delayed for nearly two hours as engineers examined the aircraft.

"Someone was running on the tarmac!"

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

Witnesses say the man climbed halfway up the stairs to the plane's door before being restrained by baggage handlers, but then managed to reach the plane itself.

"The federal police showed up five minutes later and walked him out".

The incident took place on the tarmac at Melbourne Airport in Australia on Thursday morning. He will appear in court next month and the police said that more charges may be laid.

"We praise our crew for safely handling this incident and restraining the passenger until police arrived".

"This behavior is unacceptable and we have placed an immediate ban on this passenger traveling on all Jetstar and Qantas flights".

In a similar incident in October previous year, police used stun guns to detain a man who attempted to storm into a flight at Melbourne Airport.

The alleged attack resulted in two Jetstar employees being left with physical injuries.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers took the person into custody, and have since charged him with one depend of illegal assault of an airline worker. The man was arrested later by AFP at terminal 2.

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