Thursday 29 September 2016

WATCH: Ryanair passenger runs across airport tarmac to catch flight

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 09/08/2016 | 14:31

The man appears to wave at the plane to catch the pilot's attention.
The man appears to wave at the plane to catch the pilot's attention.
The man attempts to get into a waiting vehicle.
The man makes for the plane
The man carries his two bags across the tarmac.
The man is stopped in his tracks.

Incredible footage has emerged that shows a Ryanair passenger sprinting across the tarmac in a desperate attempt to catch his flight.

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The incident took place on Friday at 9pm at Spain’s Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, where the traveller managed to evade security staff at the gate and make his way to the jet bridge.

In the video, the man can be seen dangling his legs over the bridge, before making the 10ft jump onto the tarmac below.

While carrying two bags, he attempts to board an airport buggy before heading off after his plane, which has begun its taxi from the runway.

The clip shows the man waving as he tries to flag down the pilot and running after the plane until he is stopped by two members of the airport’s ground crew.

Another staff member captured the incident on film, and it was posted to the Workers’ Commission’s Facebook page.

The caption accompanying the video reads: “This is how passengers in Madrid behave when they don't arrive in time for their flights.”

It adds that the passenger had missed his flight and “skipped several security protocols” at the airport as he dashed after the plane.

“Not even with all those protocols we can feel safe,” it said.

The video has since been viewed more than a million times and received thousands of shares, likes and comments.

A spokesperson for Ryanair acknowledged the incident as “a security breach” and said it was “a matter for Madrid Airport Police”.

It is understood the plane completed its scheduled flight without incident.

“The person that appears in the video is a passenger that had entered the security restricted airside area through security control by presenting a valid boarding pass,” a spokesperson for the airport told Independent.ie.

“However, once in the terminal, he broke a fire protection device and accessed the airport apron.

“The Airport Management Centre detected the fire alarm, received several calls from Airport workers and proceeded to inform the police. The passenger was located when he landed at Gran Canaria and reported to the Aviation Safety Agency (AESA).”

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