Man breaks through security at Sea-Tac Airport, runs onto plane

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 12:12 AM

SEATAC, Wash. -- A man is in the King County jail for investigation of malicious mischief and assault after he allegedly bolted through a security checkpoint at Sea-Tac Airport and onto an empty plane.

The suspect spent more than three minutes trying to argue his side to the judge before two officers grabbed him and took him back to his cell. The judge set bail at $100,000 and said the man was due back in court on Thursday.
 
According to the probable cause statement, the suspect did not have a plane ticket when he ran through the TSA passenger screening area at Checkpoint 5 Friday night. The man reportedly made it to Gate D10 where he is accused of going through emergency exit doors onto an airport ramp. The officer stated that the man climbed stairs to the Gate D10 jetway, broke safety glass on a security door, and took a first class seat on an empty American Airlines plane.
 
Once in the plane, officers were able to take the man into custody after a struggle. Sea-Tac Airport's spokesperson Perry Cooper says the man, in his late 20's was likely under the influence of drugs. 
 
The incident caused a two hour delay for passengers who had been waiting to board the plane.

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