Late Dublin passenger tackled after heroic runway dash

Airports bring out the worst in people.

Whether it’s jostling unnecessarily for best spot at the luggage carousel, sleeping on the floor or getting hammered at the airport bar, we’re not at our best pre or post-flight.

One man proved that again at Dublin Airport on Thursday when he was confronted with the very-real prospect of watching the plane he was supposed to be on taxi down the runway and disappear.

The would-be passenger was reportedly told he’d arrived at the gates of the Ryanair flight to Amsterdam too late. Instead of taking their word for it, he made a dramatic dash onto the tarmac.

No, sadly, he did not manage to waive the commercial aircraft down and heroically board the flight. He was tackled by ground staff and arrested.

The incident took place before 7am local time, according to BBC journalist Declan Harvey who, conveniently, was on the plane the passenger was frantically trying to chase down.

“A late passenger has been pinned to the ground by @DublinAirport police after running out of the terminal towards the plane pleading and shouting at the pilot to wait,” he tweeted.

“Moments earlier he’d been inside banging on the window of the terminal asking ground crew to hold the plane. He somehow made it out to the Ryanair aircraft which was taxiing. When police arrived there was a scuffle and he was pinned to the tarmac.”

An airport spokesman told The Guardian the passenger, a man in his 20s, had arrived at the gate with a woman.

A passenger was pinned to the ground by police at Dublin Airport this morning after running out of the terminal towards the plane https://t.co/at941vkeK6 pic.twitter.com/CPVCdycDwD

A late passenger has been pinned to the ground by @DublinAirport police after running out of the terminal towards the plane pleading and shouting at the pilot to wait. 1/…@BBCNewsNI pic.twitter.com/TJL22qfNCt

“They were engaging with Ryanair staff at the gate and the male passenger was becoming agitated,” the spokesman said.

“(The male) was initially restrained by Ryanair staff on the apron and airport police, who had already been contacted, arrived on the scene almost immediately and arrested him.

“He was taken to the Airport Police Station and will be handed over to the Gardai.”

My favourite story of the day … Man tackled to the tarmac by Dublin Airport police after breaking onto runway .. and chasing the plane down the tarmac to try and make his flight to Amsterdam?????  https://t.co/pFQ3stBHWR pic.twitter.com/DGL6Vzacuw

The man’s antics reportedly did not stop there. A local reporter attending his court hearing on Thursday tweeted: “The man charged with chasing a plane down at Dublin Airport this morning has flashed his backside at photographers and journalists waiting outside court.”

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