A man at Miami International Airport attempted an elaborate escape on Saturday. After evading security by pretending to talk on a cell phone, he allegedly slipped past a checkpoint, climbed through a baggage carousel, and ran across the airport tarmac.
The man’s plan was ultimately unsuccessful as he was quickly chased down by airport staff.
A video edited by the Miami Herald shows the man first casually walking past security, then climbing through the carousel, and eventually being tackled by airport employees in yellow vests. The man was later arrested by Miami police.
The man’s identity has not yet been released.
According to the Miami Herald, the man escaped through a restricted section of the airport.
The source who took the video and supplied it to the Miami Herald, who wished to remain anonymous, told the newspaper, “had there been a plane at that gate, this individual could have entered the plane or had access to the aircraft. This is a very restricted area, only accessible to some with very limited access, and he was able to gain access. Very concerning.”
MIA spokesman Marc Henderson told the Herald that the incident is under investigation. It’s unclear whether the man was a passenger or an employee, and his motivation for running onto the tarmac is also unknown. A spokesperson for American Airlines confirmed that an incident had occurred but had no further comment.