A man leaped, pleaded and ran across the tarmac at Madrid’s Barajas Airport to catch his Ryanair flight to Gran Canaria on Saturday.
After missing his boarding time, the man found an open air bridge and jumped out. He landed the almost-10-foot drop with two bags in his hands and then tried to hitch a ride with a passing cart. When that didn’t work, he resorted to running.
Airport workers captured the man’s desperate, “Mission Impossible”-style scene almost in its entirety and uploaded the video to Facebook.
Right before the clip ends, the man is stopped by airport staff. But in a surprise plot twist, they directed him to his plane where he was miraculously allowed to board.
The passenger “had a boarding card and went through security but he seemingly got waylaid in the terminal and the gate was closed before he reached it,” a spokesperson at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport told The Local Spain.
When the man went onto the air bridge, he had pushed open the fire escape which sounded an alarm and alerted the Civil Guard. But thanks to his fast footwork, he was already on the plane by the time police arrived.
Authorities in Gran Canaria identified the passenger when he landed and determined that he was a foreigner. They sent his passport information back to Madrid but released him to enjoy his time on the island.
He's not quite home-free yet, though: Madrid police denounced the man's actions, and said that the matter would be settled in court where he could receive up to a €225,000 fine.