Ryanair passenger runs across airport tarmac to try and catch departing plane

Extraordinary footage has emerged of a Ryanair passenger running onto the tarmac in an attempt to catch a departing plane.

The unnamed man was filmed jumping off the jet bridge at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain and landing on the tarmac about 10 feet below after the Boeing 737 had already pulled away from the terminal.

In a major security breach, the holidaymaker then ran across the apron with two bags in hand, waving his arms in an apparent bid to prevent the plane from taking off without him.

However, the man was intercepted by ground crew at the airport before he could get closer to the plane.

The video of the man was filmed by a ground crew member and posted on Facebook by the Workers' Commissions trade union.

"This is how passengers in Madrid behave when they don't arrive in time for their flights," the union wrote in an online post.

"This particular passenger was missing a Ryanair flight and, unbelievably, skipped several security protocols established by [operator] AENA in their airports."

A spokesman for Ryanair told ITV News that as the video relates to a security breach at Madrid Airport, it is a "matter for Madrid Airport Police".