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

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