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Angry passenger breaks through barriers, storms Jetstar plane in Melbourne

Angry passenger breaks through barriers, storms Jetstar plane in Melbourne

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.

In a statement to news.com.au, Australian Federal Police confirmed it had responded to an incident at Terminal 4 this morning.

It turns out the the plane the man was trying to access wasn't even the correct flight.

Engineers checked over the plane and gave it the all clear and passengers eventually boarded the flight and departed later that day.

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

Unlike a previous security breach at the airport in October, when a man was hit with a Taser by the police after he stormed the tarmac to a Jetstar plane and broke a glass panel in an attempt to board it, the authorities were able to restrain the man without resorting to violence. He was charged with one count of unlawful assault on an airline employee, according to 9News.




"We were sitting waiting to get on the flight and people went, 'Oh my God, what is going on?' Someone was running on the tarmac. This is guy was punching them and scratching at them and they were just trying to hold him back without actually fighting him", eyewitness Susannah Murray told 9 News, adding the incident was "scary" to experience.

Melbourne Airport has been contacted for comment.

The Sydney plane, which the spokesperson said wasn't damaged, was delayed for about an hour-and-a-half while Jetstar found two crew members to replace the injured employees.

A Jetstar spokesman said the man's behaviour was "unacceptable" and the company has banned him from travelling on any future Jetstar and Qantas flights.

He has been banned from all Qantas and Jetstar flights for the time being, and he could be excluded from both airlines for life, depending on the upcoming police investigation.


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