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Dublin Airport plane-chasing passenger charged

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Media captionPatrick Kehoe was pinned to the ground at Dublin Airport

A passenger has been pinned to the ground by police at Dublin Airport after running out of the terminal towards a plane and shouting at the pilot to wait.

Patrick Kehoe, 23, made it to the taxiing Ryanair aircraft before police arrested him at about 07:00 local time.

He has been charged with criminal damage to a door lock and granted bail.

A ground crew member said he "just ran from the building towards the plane", which was departing for Amsterdam.

The Irish man was "quite determined" to make his flight, an eyewitness told Irish broadcaster RTÉ, adding that he ran towards the plane "with his suitcase under his arm".

'Exposed backside'

BBC News NI's Declan Harvey, who was at the scene, said that when police arrived there was a scuffle and Mr Kehoe was pinned to the tarmac.

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Image caption Patrick Kehoe shouted abuse at waiting journalists as he appeared in court

Mr Kehoe, of Raheenaskeagh, Gorey in County Wexford, was brought before Dublin's district court later on Thursday morning.

There were no objections to bail, and Mr Kehoe was released on his own bond of €200 (£178). He is to appear again on 8 November.

Mr Kehoe covered his face with a folder and shouted abuse at waiting journalists as he left the court, before swinging his suitcase at the crowd and lowering his trousers to expose his backside.

Image caption Dublin Airport police arrived on the scene shortly after Mr Kehoe approached the plane

The flight departed 21 minutes behind schedule, but reportedly landed on time in Amsterdam.

In a statement, an airport spokesman said: "A male and female passenger were late for a Ryanair flight to Amsterdam this morning and arrived at the boarding gate after the flight had closed.

"They were engaging with Ryanair staff at the gate and the male passenger was becoming agitated.

"He was banging on the window to try and get the aircraft to wait... and made his way onto the apron, trying to flag the aircraft down."

The man was initially restrained by Ryanair staff on the apron before airport police arrived on the scene, tackled him to the ground and arrested him.

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Image caption 14.7 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in the first six months of this year

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."

According to airport operator DAA, 14.7 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in the first six months of this year.

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