Irate pas­sen­ger held af­ter try­ing to break into plane

The Star Malaysia - - World -

SYD­NEY: An “irate” pas­sen­ger who re­port­edly missed his sched­uled flight was ar­rested at Mel­bourne Air­port af­ter at­tempt­ing to break into a Jet­star Air­ways plane.

The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on video by a trav­eller in­side the ter­mi­nal. The video footage showed the man bash­ing and pulling franti- cally on the plane’s door, try­ing to get in­side.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia, the man was hours late for his orig­i­nal flight and be­came ag­gres­sive to­wards Jet­star staff.

They al­leged the in­fu­ri­ated man then pushed a crew mem­ber and ran through the ter­mi­nal gate onto the tar­mac where he was able to ac­cess the stairs lead­ing to the plane.

“We were sit­ting wait­ing to get on the flight and peo­ple went oh my god, what is go­ing on?” a wit­ness said. “Some­one was run­ning on the tar­mac!”

“This man was try­ing to get up the stairs, he was phys­i­cally fight­ing with the staff, punch­ing and scratch­ing them.”

The man was even­tu­ally re­strained by bag­gage han­dlers and ar­rested by the po­lice.

It was be­lieved at least two Jet­star em­ploy­ees suf­fered in­juries.

A spokesman for the air­line said bag­gage han­dlers went “above and be­yond”.

“We praise our crew for safely han­dling this in­ci­dent and re­strain­ing the pas­sen­ger un­til po­lice ar­rived.”

The man has been banned from any fu­ture Jet­star or Qan­tas flights and is set to face charges. — Xin­hua

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