Man charged after chasing after plane he had missed at Dublin Airport
Patrick Kehoe reportedly shouted ‘Wait! Wait!’ as he ran up to taxiing aircraft on tarmac
A man has been charged after reportedly running out of the terminal at Dublin Airport onto the tarmac and shouting “Wait! Wait!” at a plane he had just missed.
Patrick Kehoe, 23, “made it to the taxiing Ryanair aircraft before police arrested him at about 07:00 local time”, reports the BBC.
He has been charged with criminal damage to a door lock and granted bail.
A ground crew member told the BBC Kehoe “just ran from the terminal building towards the plane”, which was departing for Amsterdam.
An eyewitness told Irish broadcaster RTE that Kehoe was “quite determined” to make his flight, adding that he ran towards the plane “with his suitcase under his arm”.
In a statement, an airport spokesman said: “A male and female passenger were late for a Ryanair flight to Amsterdam this morning and arrived at the boarding gate after the flight had closed.”
“They were engaging with Ryanair staff at the gate and the male passenger was becoming agitated.”
“He was banging on the window to try and get the aircraft to wait... and made his way onto the apron, trying to flag the aircraft down.”
Declan Harvey, a BBC reporter, witnessed the incident and tweeted pictures of police cars arriving at the scene.
Kehoe was granted bail at Dublin District Court where he “dashed past news photographers and then dropped his trousers and mooned at them”, according to Irish newspaper The Journal.
He was released on his own bond of €200 (£178) and ordered to appear at Dublin District Court again on 8 November.