Major Melbourne Airport security breach as furious passenger tries to board plane
May 17 2018 by Johnny Bowman
The man was hours late for his original flight and became aggressive towards Jetstar staff.
Footage obtained by 9 News shows the enraged man try to rip the door off the plane, including putting his foot up on the fuselage to get better purchase.
A video released by 9news shows the passenger, who had missed his flight to Adelaide, trying to pull open the door of an aircraft as airport staff believed to be baggage handlers raced up the stairs to apprehend him.
The extraordinary scenes unfolded today after the traveller missed his flight and attempted to forcefully enter another plane that was preparing for take off.
The man then started smoking inside the airport terminal and at about 9.30am he rushed to the nearest gate where he pushed past staff and ran onto the tarmac.
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.
The man was later banned from any future Jetstar or Qantas flights and is set to face charges.
Man attacks Jetstar plane after storming the tarmac.
"This man was trying to get up the stairs, he was physically fighting with the staff, punching and scratching them".
A Jetstar spokeswoman is commending the work of their baggage handlers, who went "above and past" to restrain the person.
A cabin manager and two other crew members were assaulted in the incident, a Jetstar spokesperson told Australian press.
"This behaviour is unacceptable and now we have positioned a direct ban on this passenger travelling on all Jetstar and Qantas flights". He will appear in court next month and the police said that more charges may be laid.
In October previous year, police used stun guns to detain a man who attempted to storm a flight during a security breach at Melbourne Airport.
Melbourne Airport has been contacted for comment.
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