Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Passenger tries to rip plane door open after missing his flight

Passenger tries to rip plane door open after missing his flight

A man has been detained at Melbourne airport after rushing the tarmac and attempting to force his way onto a Jetstar flight, allegedly injuring several baggage handlers in the process.

The incident captured on video inside the terminal showed the man bashing and pulling frantically on the plane's door.


Video from 9News shows the passenger storming to the door of a Jetstar flight and trying to rip the door open about 9.30am - reportedly angry after missing his flight.

He then started smoking inside the terminal and ran to the nearest gate where he punched a cabin manager and injured two two cabin crew trying to restrain him.

He forcibly pulled a number of instances on the door of the Sydney-bound plane earlier than being restrained by baggage handlers.

"We were sitting waiting to get on the flight and people went 'Oh my god, what is going on?'" Murray said.

The flight was not damaged but was delayed for nearly two hours as engineers examined the aircraft.

One witness, Susannah Murray, told Nine News how she saw the man "physically fighting with the staff".

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THIS is the terrifying second a "late" passenger ran onto the tarmac at an Australian Airport and tried to smash his method onto his aircraft.

A Jetstar plane on the tarmac at Gold Coast Airport in Gold Coast, Australia, April 7, 2017. "This man was attempting to rise up the steps, he was bodily preventing with the employees, punching and scratching them".

"We praise our crew for safely handling this incident and restraining the passenger until police arrived", Jetstar said in a statement. "This behavior is unacceptable and we have placed an immediate ban on this passenger travelling on all Jetstar and Qantas flights".

The man has been charged with unlawful assault of an airline employee and may face more charges.

A Jetstar representative said the man has been immediately banned from all future Jetstar and Qantas flights.

AFP officers have the man into custody, but Channel 9 says charges are yet to be laid.

Police believe he then crawled into the baggage area and into a secure zone, before running on to the tarmac.

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