- Cesar Saucedo, 24, crossed a closed boarding gate, jumped off a jet bridge and ran towards his plane which was about to take off
- Saucedo’s family claimed that the Ryanair passenger was chasing the wrong plane
- Upon arriving in Gran Canaria, Saucedo was stopped at the airport and was asked to pay a heavy fine for breaching airport security
MADRID, Spain – A passenger caused a commotion in Madrid’s airport after he managed to get across a closed boarding gate, jump off a jet bridge and run towards his plane which was about to take off down the runway.
Edel Hughes mentioned in an MSN News story that the Ryanair passenger was too late to board the flight but in some way, he managed to evade staff at the boarding gate and run across the runway to flag down his plane.
Reports identified the man as 24-year-old Cesar Saucedo who is a Bolivian fast food worker. The Ryanair plane had started pulling back from the terminal and was almost ready to depart.
A video shows the nervous Saucedo sitting on top of the jet bridge which is 8-10 foot off the ground and then leaping off with his two bags. Saucedo stopped and talk to a member of ground staff before he runs towards his plane which was preparing for takeoff.
Fortunately, one member of the airport staff managed to stop the passenger before the scenario took a turn for the worse.
After the incident, Saucedo realized that he was actually chasing the wrong plane.
An article by Gerard Couzens for Mail Online said that Saucedo’s family claimed that the Ryanair passenger was chasing the wrong plane, as his flight had been delayed and was still waiting at the gate at that time.
Saucedo thought his plane was about to take off and he literally ran after it; thinking that the pilot would stop and pick him up.
Although he caused a lot of chaos in the airport, Saucedo was not arrested and was allowed to change his clothes and board his original flight in the conventional manner an hour later.
However, upon arriving in Gran Canaria, Saucedo was stopped at the airport and was asked to pay a heavy fine for breaching airport security.
A Ryanair spokesperson said the incident was “a security breach” and the man will face charges for putting himself and others at risk.