Astonishing video footage posted on Facebook shows a man jumping off an air-bridge and sprinting across the tarmac, two bags in hand, in an attempt to catch a plane.
The airport is Madrid, the airline is – wait for it – Ryanair, and the flight is heading for the Canary Islands.
Ryanair declined to comment on the incident, which the authorities termed a security breach. The punchline is this: the man caught the plane.
It happened last Friday and it can be viewed here:
The video was reportedly shot by airport workers.
“In a major security breach, the tardy traveller got past staff at the gate and jumped off the jet bridge with two bags in his hands,” the Facebook post reads.
The man landed on the tarmac below, a drop of about 2.5 to 3 metres, after the Ryanair B737 had already pulled back from the terminal.
“The foolish holidaymaker sprinted across the apron to try and stop the plane from taking off without him, but was intercepted by stunned ground crew members at Madrid’s main international airport.”
Although the alarm was sounded and Spain’s Guardia Civil police were called, the man still managed to board his flight and get to Gran Canaria in the Canary islands, where he was arrested by police, the Guardian reported.
The man had already passed through all security checks, so was not a threat, except perhaps to himself.
Written by Peter Needham