THIS is the terrifying moment a “late” passenger ran onto the tarmac at an Australian Airport today and tried to smash his way onto his plane.
The dramatic scenes unfolded in Melbourne after the man missed his flight and then tried to storm the Jetstar plane which was waiting for take off.
9news The irate passenger used his foot to try and lever open the door
The fuming traveller can be seen charging up the steps to the plane before trying to tear the door open.
The man broke through security inside the terminal about 9.30am and ran towards the Airbus that had just offloaded its passengers.
Footage obtained by 9 News shows him trying to rip the door off the plane, including putting his foot up on the fuselage to get a better grip.
After several attempts he started to kick at the door before he was tackled by worried ground crew.
9news A man was later seen being led away from the airport in handcuffs
It’s reported he was furious about missing a flight that had departed hours earlier, and was illegally smoking inside the terminal before dashing for the plane.
The 57-year-old then allegedly became irate and physical with Jetstar staff after being told he was hours late for his earlier flight to Adelaide.
He is said to have pushed the crew out of the way and ran onto the tarmac before dashing up the steps.
Footage then sees him pulling multiple times on the door of the Sydney-bound aircraft before being restrained .
9news The traveller was reportedly running later for take off
Local cops took the man into custody and have since charged him with one count of unlawful assault of an airline employee.
He will appear at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on June 12.
Witness Susannah Leigh Murray described the chaos at Terminal 4 as the incident unfolded.
“We were sitting waiting to get on the flight and people went ‘Oh my god, what is going on?'” she told 9news.com.au.
“Someone was running on the tarmac. This man was trying to get up the stairs, he was physically fighting with the staff, punching and scratching them.”
Susannah said the man was initially restrained by staff when he was halfway up the steps but broke free.