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A man was arrested in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday after running across the airport tarmac and pounding on an aircraft door in an attempt to make his flight.
The man showed up at the Jetstar gate for his flight but was too late. Gate agents told the man that the plane had already left. Witnesses at the airport said the man lit up a cigarette and, in a desperate attempt to make his 9:30 a.m. flight to Adelaide, he knocked over a computer, pushed down airport employees, and burst out of the airport doors. He ran across the tarmac and up a flight of stairs, where he tried to rip open the door of the airplane. But it was not even his plane.
“We were sitting waiting to get on the flight and people went, ‘Oh my God, what is going on?’” passenger Susannah Murray told the Daily Beast.
The flight the man was attempting to board was headed to Sydney, not Adelaide.
Two crew members were able to restrain the man until police arrived.
“This behavior is unacceptable and we have placed an immediate ban on this passenger traveling on all Jetstar and Qantas flights,” a Jetstar spokesperson said in a statement.
The Sydney-bound flight was delayed for an hour as engineers inspected the aircraft for damage.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and this man is far from the first person who has attempted to run to his flight. In August 2016, a man at Madrid’s Barajas Airport sprinted across the tarmac to catch his flight. In a surprise twist, that man was allowed to board his flight — though let it be known this is not an advisable strategy.