Lonely Planet Writer

Desperate measures to make a late flight saw this passenger end up in a cell

We all know that sinking feeling when you arrive at the boarding gate just moments after it closes, but one Irish man went too far in his attempts to make a flight. The passenger was running late for a flight to Amsterdam at Dublin Airport earlier this week, and the desperate measures he took to get on board saw him being arrested and appearing in court.

Airport police arrived on the scene almost immediately and arrested the man. Image: DAA

Patrick Kehoe from Wexford arrived at the boarding gate with a female companion shortly after the flight had closed. They were engaging with Ryanair staff at the gate, when Mr Kehoe became agitated and started banging on the window to try and get the aircraft to wait. “He then broke through a door and made his way onto the apron, trying to flag the aircraft down,” a DAA spokeswoman told Lonely Planet. “He 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.”

A passenger became agitated after missing his flight and caused damage to a door at Dublin Airport. Image: DAA

The 23-year-old passenger was taken to the airport police station and handed over to the members of the national police force, An Garda Síochana. He appeared before Judge Bernadette Owens at Dublin District Court the following morning, who remanded him on bail to a date in November. He has been charged with causing criminal damage to a magnetic door lock at Gate 106 at Terminal One in Dublin Airport and faces the possibility of further charges. Mr Kehoe has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charge.

Dublin Airport’s honesty stations for bottled water have been such a success, they have been implemented in other airports. Image: DAA

The moral of the story is that no matter how frustrated you are that you have just missed your flight and can see it right outside the window of your boarding gate, taking matters into your own hands won’t get you onto the flight and will have serious repercussions. Better to allow plenty of time to get through the airport, and don’t take the law into your own hands if you are refused boarding. As Mr Kehoe has found to his cost, it never ends well.