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Man late for flight arrested after chasing plane down Dublin runway

A man has been arrested for chasing a plane at an airport in Ireland after missing his flight.

According to the BBC, he was pinned to the ground by police at Dublin Airport after he ran out of the terminal towards the plane and shouted at the pilot to wait.

Just moments earlier the man was inside banging on the window of the terminal and asking the ground crew to hold the plane.

He made it to the taxiing Ryanair aircraft before police arrested him.

It is understood that the man and another woman were late for the Ryanair flight to Amsterdam, that was already 21 minutes behind schedule.

In a statement, an airport spokesman said, "They were engaging with Ryanair staff at the gate and the male passenger became agitated.

"He was banging on the window to try and get the aircraft to wait and he then broke through a door and made his way onto the apron, trying to flag the aircraft down.

"He was was initially restrained by Ryanair staff on the apron and airport police, who had already been contacted, arrived on the scene almost immediately and arrested him.

"He was taken to the Airport Police Station and will be handed over to the Gardai (Irish police)."

Ryanair said, "Police at Dublin Airport detained an individual who breached security at the boarding gate, which had already closed. This is now a matter for local police."

He has since been taken to Ballymun Garda (police) Station.

Ryanair plane (file picture). Source: istock.com