May 17, 2018, 11:29 AM ET

Late passenger attempts to break into plane


Passengers on board a plane waiting to depart Australia's Melbourne Airport were rattled after a passenger who was "running late" for his flight allegedly attempted to break into the aircraft while it was still parked on the tarmac.

"We were sitting waiting to get on the flight and people went 'Oh my god, what is going on?'" one passenger told Australian outlet

Jetstar flight 508 had yet to leave its parking bay when authorities said a passenger who had missed boarding a flight to Adelaide was caught on camera bounding up the stairs and attempting to force the plane’s main door open, 9News reported.

PHOTO: Framegrab from a video shows a passenger attempting to open the door to a jet and gain entry. A tarmac worker approaches him. 9News Australia
Framegrab from a video shows a passenger attempting to open the door to a jet and gain entry. A tarmac worker approaches him.

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, according to Melbourne newspaper The Age, and after several attempts to force the plane’s door open, the passenger can be seen attempting to kick it open with his feet. The plane he was allegedly attempting to break into was bound for Sydney and wasn't even his flight, the paper reported.

The paper reported that two cabin crew members were injured in the incident but managed to restrain the passenger until police arrived.

The passenger, 57, allegedly became hostile and physically violent after he was told by Jetstar staff that he was late for his scheduled flight to Adelaide, The Age reported.

Australian Federal Police officers took the man into custody, 9News reported, and he has been charged with one count of unlawful assault on an airline employee.

The man is due to appear in front of a magistrate on June 12, 9News reported.

"We praise our crew for safely handling this incident and restraining the passenger until police arrived," Jetstar said in a statement.

"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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  • THEFred

    What an idiot! I'm glad they banned him.

  • Garf Uncle

    Arm the flight staff.

  • rightened

    When a plane finishes boarding and that door closes--that's it. It depends on the stage of take-off they're on as to whether or not that door will open again. Time and again, I've seen how the whine of "But it's right there!" doesn't exactly win hearts and minds. Maybe, MAYBE by some miracle, a late boarding will be permitted by airline staff... but that's their call, not that of the passenger. You didn't make it, either through the airlines' fault or your own. That's that. Suck it up.

  • what name

    A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude the Captain made an announcement over the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to flight number 293, non-stop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax... OH, MY GOD! Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I Scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!" A passenger in Coach yelled, "That's nothing. You should see the back of mine!"

  • Hey Beavis

    Did he expect them to welcome him aboard and ask him to please take a seat?

  • mm

    I first I thought, when they said, "Late passenger" meant deceased, I thought wow that's a new one.. a must read for sure lol.

  • gs12


  • Tegbessou Géléhéso

    Australians are very high spirited...

  • Going Strong

    Lifetime on the "no-fly" list.


  • ToothyGrinn

    Funny how they call him a passenger when he clearly failed in that task.

  • Redd Menace

    How could this guy ever think that his actions would have a positive outcome for him?

  • Don'tBotherMe

    "The plane he was allegedly attempting to break into was bound for Sydney and wasn't even his flight, the paper reported."


  • E Sverdrup

    Why waist an arrest, just let the plane take off.

  • duckkdownn

    Trump's new ambassador to Australia?

  • I Don't Know

    maybe he should look into home made submarine travel now......

  • John Michael Davis

    The headline was funny enough, and then to find out it wasn't even his flight!! Priceless!

  • Siestasis42

    Some people are just too stupid to exist.

  • äskew

    Flying seems to make some people nuts. Maybe there should be a mandatory Valium given out in at security check.

  • Pits

    My goodness. He could have very well damaged that door. What a je rk.

  • Bree Zee

    What's really scary is how much he is able to open the door. Shouldn't the door, you know, be locked and secured at this point?

  • Suspect Everything

    Reading the story in the Melbourne news ut says that he didn't even have the right flight. Now he has that much more to worry about.

  • Suspect Everything

    Funny thing, just read the story from the Melbourne news and come to find out, it wasn't even the correct flight. This guy has more issues!

  • thelynx

    The Great Swami sees a redress application in his future along with a lifetime of enhanced screening. Have a pleasant flight.

  • LastSecondTakedown

    Not bad for a dead body.