An irate passenger who reportedly missed his scheduled flight was arrested at Melbourne Airport today after attempting to break into a Jetstar Airways plane.
The incident was captured on video by a traveller inside the terminal. The video footage showed the man bashing and pulling frantically on the plane’s door, trying to get inside.
According to local media, the man was hours late for his original flight and became aggressive towards Jetstar staff.
They alleged the infuriated man then 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.
“We were sitting waiting to get on the flight and people went ‘oh my god, what is going on?'” a witness said. “Someone was running on the tarmac! This man was trying to get up the stairs; he was physically fighting with the staff, punching and scratching them.”
The man was eventually restrained by baggage handlers and arrested by the police.
It was believed at least two Jetstar employees suffered injuries.
A Jetstar spokeswoman commended the work of their baggage handlers, who went “above and beyond” to restrain the man.
“We praise our crew for safely handling this incident and restraining the passenger until police arrived,” Jetstar said in a statement.
“This behaviour is unacceptable and we have placed an immediate ban on this passenger travelling on all Jetstar and Qantas flights.”
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