Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Major Melbourne Airport security breach as furious passenger tries to board plane

Major Melbourne Airport security breach as furious passenger tries to board plane

The incredible scene occurred at Melbourne airport on Thursday morning, when Australia Federal Police were called in response to an incident on Terminal 4.

The man, who has not been identified, was reportedly hours late to catch his Jetstar Airways flight to Adelaide, and became angry at the airline employees who informed him of his tardiness, 9News reported.

Footage obtained by 9 News shows the enraged man try to rip the door off the plane, including putting his foot up on the fuselage to get better purchase.

It turns out that the man's air rage was woefully misdirected - the plane he launched his assault on was actually headed to Sydney.

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Initially he was stopped halfway up the boarding stairs but then broke free and made it to the aircraft door before being restrained by baggage handlers again.

The flight was delayed at the least an hour as engineers look at the plane.

The man then started smoking inside the airport terminal and at about 9.30am he rushed to the nearest gate where he pushed past staff and ran onto the tarmac.

Police then showed up and escorted the bearded and tattooed man, who had greying hair and was wearing a dark sweater, back through the airport.

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A man was arrested at the airport on May 17, 2018 after storming the tarmac in an attempt to board the plane.

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

AFP officers have taken the man into custody but charges are yet to be laid. The video ends as the man is about to be confronted by staff.

"This behaviour is unacceptable and we have placed an immediate ban on this passenger travelling on all Jetstar and Qantas flights".

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Ironically, the incident comes just two days after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull andHome Affairs Minister Peter Dutton used Melbourne Airport as a platform for discussing tougher security measures announced in the recent federal budget.

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