A videograb showing the man trying to enter the Jetstar plane.

KUALA LUMPUR: A man caused a stir at Melbourne Airport on Wednesday when he rushed past gate security staff and tried to storm a plane which was preparing for take-off.

The 57-year-old was apparently furious when told by Jetstar staff that he was hours late for his flight to Adelaide.

The bearded and tattooed man responded to the news by lighting a cigarette in the no-smoking airport terminal, before suddenly charging onto the tarmac.

Video taken by a passenger at the airport, which has since gone viral on social media, shows the man at the top of airstairs still attached to a Jetstar plane bound for Sydney.

He is seen trying to pry the jet’s door open, using his left foot as leverage – as airport staff, including baggage handlers in high-visibility vests, mount the stairs.

According to witnesses, the man put up a fierce fight with the airport employees, two of whom were injured in the scuffle.

The man was eventually restrained and escorted through the gate by Australian Federal Police. He has since been charged with unlawful assault.

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