Well, this is one way to catch a flight.
Workers at Madrid-Barajas Airport were stunned recently when they saw a passenger running with his luggage toward a plane on the tarmac. One of them pulled out a cell phone to film it.
Posted to Facebook by a workers’ trade union, the video has been seen more than 1 million times since Friday.
“This is how passengers in Madrid behave when they don’t arrive in time for their flights,” noted the post on the CC.OO. Ryanair and Lesma Handling Facebook page.
“This particular passenger was missing a Ryanair’s flight and, unbelievably, skipped several security protocols established by AENA in their airports. We’re talking about level 4 security protocols! Not even with all those protocols we can feel safe.”
The video shows that the man somehow managed to make it to the end of an open gangway, from where he jumped down about 10 feet onto the busy tarmac.
Hauling two bags, he stopped and talked to someone driving a luggage carrier vehicle. Then he took off sprinting across the wide tarmac toward a Ryanair jet sitting on the tarmac.
Wrote one woman on Facebook: “Planes don’t work like a taxi.”
Grounds crew members stopped him before he made it to the plane.
CNN reports that the man was allowed to get on the plane, which was heading for Spain’s Canary Islands. But he was detained when the flight landed. He’ll be tried for unspecified charges there.
An airport spokesman told CNN that the man broke through an anti-fire barrier in the boarding area to reach the tarmac, triggering an alarm.
Facebook users are enjoying the man’s exploits much more than airport officials.
“Don’t try to stop him, pull out your phone and video him!” wrote one man.
“Well, you missed your flight and caught a felony,” snarked another.