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Irishman Chases Departing Plane Before Being Arrested by Airport Police

Sept. 27, 2018
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Irishman Chases Departing Plane Before Being Arrested by Airport Police
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Running late for a flight? We've all been there, done that. Most of us probably have stories of missing our own flights. But few have been as determined to catch a departing plane as Irish traveler Patrick Ketoe, 23, who managed to sprint out of the Dublin Airport (DUB) toward his taxiing plane before being tackled to the ground by airport security.

According to local eyewitnesses, Kehoe ran from the building "with his suitcase under his arm" toward the Amsterdam-bound plane around 7:00am local time, begging and pleading the pilot to wait for him. Airport officials tackled him, resulting in a scuffle, and Kehoe was pinned to the tarmac before airport police arrested him.

Later Thursday morning, Ketoe was brought before the Dublin district court and charged with criminal damage to a door lock. Ketoe hid his face behind a folder and yelled at waiting journalists while leaving the courthouse, then swung his suitcase at them before pulling down his pants to flash his buttocks. He was released on bail for $233, and required to reappear before the court on Nov. 8.

An airport spokesperson told the BBC, "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."

Featured image by Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS takes off from PRG Airport. (Photo by

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