PASSENGER IN PLANE CRAZY FIT
Man tries to force open jet’s doors
PASSENGERS at Melbourne Airport watched in shock yesterday as a man broke through security and tried to tear the door off a plane sitting on the tarmac.
The man began attracting attention at 9.30am when he argued with staff at the Jetstar terminal and started smoking a cigarette indoors.
It is believed he was furious about missing a flight to Adelaide, which had departed hours earlier.
He then caught staff unaware by sprinting towards the nearest gate, pushing over and injuring crew members and breaking through security access points.
The man ran towards an Airbus that had just offloaded its customers. Footage obtained by 9 News shows the enraged man then tried to rip the door off the plane, putting his foot up on the fuselage to get better purchase.
Passengers had already disembarked the jet and its understood airline staff on board were able to quickly shut the door as the man climbed the stairs.
Ground crew were punched and assaulted as they stepped in to restrain him until authorities arrived on the scene.
The incident sparked a scare at the busy airport as security personnel rushed to respond to reports of a man attempting to break on to a plane.
An Australian Federal Police spokeswoman said its 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 had assaulted several crew members while trying to get to the aircraft. She said staff had handled the emergency professionally.
“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.”
The incident comes after AFP officers tasered a man at Melbourne Airport in October after he was discovered on the airfield.
Security leads the man away after he tried to force his way onto a Jetstar flight (left).