Man escapes airport and runs after plane on tarmac

This is the shocking moment a Ryanair passenger ran across the tarmac at Madrid airport in an attempt to catch his flight - and made it on board.

The man, who looks to have missed boarding, speeds past planes on the runway carrying two pieces of hand luggage in a desperate attempt to catch up.

As he makes his way across the tarmac another Ryanair flight can be seen preparing for take off just metres away.

In the footage the traveller first appears to jump from the gangway to the plane which has already become detached from the aircraft.

Wearing a green T-shirt and dark shorts he runs from the terminal building towards the plane carrying two pieces of luggage.

He then appears to try to hop onto an airport vehicle, but looks to be refused.

Scrambling for his bag the man breaks into a run and is met by what looks to be two members of airport staff as a plane preparing to take off is seen on the runway behind.

The video - which has been shared thousands of times online - then cuts off.
It's been revealed the Bolivian national is now facing a hefty fine.

The man jumped about two metres from the bridge with his carry-on in tow. Photo / Facebook
The man jumped about two metres from the bridge with his carry-on in tow. Photo / Facebook

A Civil Guard spokesman in his destination - a Spanish island off the coast of Africa - said he was stopped when he reached his destination and reported for an airport security infraction.

The spokesman said: "He breached a range of security measures when he saw he was going to miss his flight and despite the efforts of ground personnel to stop him, managed to run across the tarmac as the plane was preparing to taxi out to the runway."

He then tries to hitch a ride to the plane with the driver of this vehicle. Photo / Facebook
He then tries to hitch a ride to the plane with the driver of this vehicle. Photo / Facebook

It's believed the man was travelling alone.

A source said: "He wasn't arrested but he was identified so his name could be passed to Guardia Civil officers in Madrid for them to take the appropriate action.

"They didn't manage to identify him in Madrid. The pilot presumably agreed to let him on board because he had a boarding pass but he was lucky not to have been stopped in Madrid because we're currently on terror alert level four and he could easily have been mistaken for a terrorist with all the consequences that come with that."

A spokesman for the Spanish Airports Authority said the unnamed offender had broken a fire alarm in an apparent diversionary tactic.

"It is definitely a first for this airport."

Hundreds of people have commented on the video with one writing: "What did he think was going to happen? That they'd just pull up some stairs and let him board!? Hahaha."

Another joked: "It's just like missing a bus."

A Ryanair spokesman said the security breach is now a matter for Madrid Airport Police.

- news.com.au

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