Security scare rocks airport
Man tries to rip door off plane
PASSENGERS at Melbourne airport watched in shock yesterday as a man broke through security and tried to open door off a plane sitting on the tarmac.
The man began drawing attention about 9.30am when he started arguing with staff at the Jetstar terminal and smoked a cigarette indoors.
It is believed he was furious about missing his flight to Adelaide, which had departed hours earlier, but then caught staff off guard by sprinting towards the nearest gate.
He pushed over and injured staff, broke through security access points, and ran towards an Airbus aircraft that had just offloaded its passengers. Video footage shows the enraged man then tried to open the door of the plane, putting his foot up on the fuselage to get better leverage.
Staff still on board the plane were able to quickly shut the door as he climbed the stairs.
Ground crew were punched and assaulted as they stepped in to restrain him until authorities arrived on the scene.
An Australian Federal Police spokeswoman said officers were called to the incident at Terminal 4.
“A man was arrested as a result and is currently assisting police with inquiries,” she said.
“Inquiries in relation to this matter remain ongoing.”
Engineers examined the aircraft afterwards to ensure it was safe, sparking delays for some domestic services.
A Jetstar spokeswoman said the man assaulted several staff during the incident.
“We praise our crew for safely handling this incident and restraining the passenger until police arrived,” she said.
“This behaviour is unacceptable and we have placed an immediate ban on this passenger travelling on all Jetstar and Qantas flights.”
It comes after AFP officers tasered a man at Melbourne airport in October after he was discovered on the airfield after dodging security.
Video footage shows the man trying to force his way on to the Jetstar plane (above) and (right) being led through the terminal by security. Pictures: NINE NEWS