Airport baggage handlers managed to restrain the man before the Australian Federal Police arrived and escorted him away. To make matters worse, it wasn't even the right plane.
It turns out that the man's air rage was woefully misdirected - the plane he launched his assault on was actually headed to Sydney. He then stormed the tarmac, where he tried to board a Sydney-bound plane, witnesses told Australian broadcaster 9 News, who obtained footage of the incident.
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.
Unlike a previous security breach at the airport in October, when a man was hit with a Taser by the police after he stormed the tarmac to a Jetstar plane and broke a glass panel in an attempt to board it, the authorities were able to restrain the man without resorting to violence.
"We had been sitting ready to get on the flight and folks went 'Oh my god, what's going on?'" she informed 9news.com.au.
In the process, the 57-year-old is said to have assaulted an employee of the airline he was meant to be travelling with, Jetstar, and has been charged by police.
It is understood the man asked Jetstar staff about purchasing a ticket.
"This man was trying to get up the stairs, he was physically fighting with the staff, punching and scratching them", said a witness.
"The federal police showed up five minutes later and walked him out".
Jetstar confirmed that several crew members had been injured and said two flights were delayed by the incident.
The incident took place on the tarmac at Melbourne Airport in Australia on Thursday morning.
The bearded and tattooed man, who had greying hair and was wearing a dark sweater, was led back through the airport.
'This behaviour is unacceptable and we have placed an immediate ban on this passenger travelling on all Jetstar and Qantas flights'.