The only thing that sucks more than airports, is missing your flight once you get there.
It’s a fate many people have experienced, as they stand helplessly outside of their boarding gate while their plane takes off in full view on the runway outside. It’s definitely defeating, and usually expensive. But for one man in Spain, his story of missing a flight plays out a little, well, differently.
In a video shot by a ground crew member at the Madrid Airport, and later posted to Facebook, a man is seen clutching two bags as he stands at the end of a jet bridge looking out at his flight, which is preparing to take off on the runway. It’s unclear how the man bypassed security at his boarding gate to get on the bridge in the first place, but one thing is perfectly clear: this guy was not going to miss that plane.
He is seen jumping from the bridge and onto the tarmac, where he first attempts to stop a baggage carrier vehicle. When the driver doesn’t let him on, the man breaks into a full sprint–still lugging his bags–as he literally chases down his flight. The video ends when the man is seen being stopped by ground crew.
Remarkably though, CNN reports that the pilot did in fact let the man board the plane.
“This particular passenger was missing a Ryanair’s flight and, unbelievably, skipped several security protocols established by AENA (the authority which deals with Madrid-Barajas airport) in their airports. We’re talking about level 4 security protocols!” the Facebook post reads.
The passenger’s luck ended once his plane landed in Gran Canaria–he was detained and will be tried there.
Ah well, at least he got from A to B.