A 57-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning after running onto the tarmac and attempting to force his way on a flight at Melbourne Airport, in southern Australia.
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.
Witnesses say he then smoked a cigarette inside the airport — an act which is forbidden — before pushing over a computer, assaulting the Jetstar staff, and then making a break for the gate before running out to the tarmac and trying to board the first plane he saw.
“We were sitting waiting to get on the flight and people went ‘Oh my God, what is going on?'” said a witness for 9News, who identified herself as Susannah.
Outside, he continued to fight with staff who attempted to keep him off a mobile staircase leading to an aircraft that had just deplaned and was next scheduled to fly to Sydney.