Late Passenger Chases Plane On Runway -- And Catches His Flight

He made it to his destination, but may face punishment for breaching security.

10/08/2016 3:21 PM AEST | Updated 10/08/2016 3:21 PM AEST

Few things are more stressful than trying to catch a flight when you’re running late. But what lengths would you go to make it to the gate?

One passenger pushed the limits while trying to catch a Ryanair flight on Friday to the Canary Islands from Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain.

As seen in the below video, recorded by airport employees, the passenger, with two carry-on bags in tow, jumps off the already-detached jetway onto the tarmac, then bolts down the runway toward a plane. 

“The passenger had reached the gate with his boarding pass after clearing security,” an airport spokesman The Guardian. “He broke through a fire escape, the doors opened and he got out that way.”

In a symbolic win for late people everywhere, the man eventually caught his plane and was actually allowed on board, despite the fact that he set off airport alarms, which alerted the airport’s Civil Guard, after breaking through the fire escape.

The video of his chase was uploaded to the CC.OO. Ryanair and Lesma Handling Facebook page, which reportedly represents the Madrid Airport Workers Union, according to CNN.

“This particular passenger was missing a Ryanair’s flight and, unbelievably, skipped several security protocols,” the translated Facebook post reads. “We’re talking about level 4 security protocols!”

The passenger was was detained by authorities once the plane landed on the island of Gran Canaria, CNN reported.

A spokesman for Ryanair told The Associated Press that the incident is a case of airport security breach and, as such, is the responsibility of the Madrid airport police. A spokesman for the Madrid airport said that the man had “no terrorist motivations” and “was never suspected of being a terrorist.”

Although local police would not release the passenger’s identity to the AP, they said he would likely face fines for his stunt. Authorities released the man after questioning him at Gran Canaria, but a spokeswoman for the airport’s Civil Guard said he would still face punishment.

Hey guy: Maybe next time, try getting to the airport a little earlier?

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