Missed flight leads to man’s arrest at Detroit Metro

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Romulus — Though he tried, an alarm and Detroit Metro Airport authorities who raced to stop him Wednesday proved one traveler couldn’t catch a missed flight.

The man failed to board his plane about 9 a.m. but “thought he could catch his plane by leaving the North Terminal,” said Erica Donerson, media relations manager for the airport.

The visitor momentarily managed to access a restricted ramp area through an emergency exit, which immediately triggered the alarm, Donerson said.

Airport officials quickly took him into custody. He was interviewed, charged with entering a restricted area — a misdemeanor — then released, Donerson said. Penalties were expected to be determined during an upcoming court hearing.

Details on the man’s age, hometown, destination and flight were not available Wednesday night, but “it appears he’s not a frequent flier,” Donerson said. “That may have contributed to his misunderstanding about leaving the terminal and trying to catch his plane.”

Airport operations were not affected, she added. “The speed at which the man was stopped shows our multi-layered security procedures are effective.”