Man arrested after running onto Madrid tarmac to catch plane



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MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested a man who they say ran onto the tarmac at Madrid's Barajas airport to catch a Ryanair flight to the Canary Islands after he somehow missed boarding.

A spokesman for the AENA airport authority said the man was arrested on arrival in the Canary Islands Friday.

The spokesman said the man passed through security to the boarding area with a ticket for the flight but somehow missed the opportunity to board properly.

He broke through fire escape doors and into an unused passenger tunnel, then jumped from there down to the tarmac with his bags. A video posted on Facebook, apparently by airport workers, showed the man running across the tarmac.

It was not clear how he then got onto the plane. Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely said the incident is a matter for Madrid airport police, since the video relates to a security breach at the airport.

Police did not identify the man and a police spokeswoman said he would most likely be fined.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as neither was authorized to be identified publicly.

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Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report.

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