An unidentified man has been filmed on Facebook running after his departing Ryanair flight.
The passenger is seen clutching his bags and jumping off an air bridge and on to the ground at Barajas airport in Madrid in the hope of reaching his aircraft in time.
The incident happened on Friday as the Ryanair flight was preparing to depart for the Canary Islands.
Airport workers shot the video and posted it on the social network.
“This is how passengers in Madrid behave when they don’t arrive in time to catch their planes,” read the post.
“This particular passenger missed his Ryanair flight and, however incredible it may seem, got through the different security procedures that [Spain’s airport authority] Aena has in place at its airports.”
The person who posted the message went on to note that Spain is on its second highest anti-terror alert level, The Guardian reported.
A spokesman for Aena confirmed the incident had taken place at about 9pm on August 5.
“The passenger had reached the gate with his boarding pass after clearing security,” he said. “He broke through a fire escape, the doors opened and he got out that way.”
Although the alarm was sounded and the police were called, the man still managed to board his flight and get to Gran Canaria, where he was arrested.
The spokesman stressed that the passenger, who has not been named, had passed the required security checks, adding: “This person had cleared security and had no terrorist motivations. He was never suspected of being a terrorist.”
Ryanair declined to comment on what it termed a “security breach”, saying it was a matter for Madrid airport police.
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