Man tries to force open jet’s doors

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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.

Pic­tures: Chan­nel 9

Se­cu­rity leads the man away af­ter he tried to force his way onto a Jet­star flight (left).

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