‘Drunk’ Missouri woman runs onto the tarmac after missing final boarding call for her Spirit Airlines flight in Phoenix
Vickie Meyers, of St. Louis, Missouri, is facing trespassing charges after she ran onto a tarmac at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix on Sunday in a failed bid to board an airplane
A Missouri woman flying home from Phoenix after Christmas was arrested for running onto the tarmac after apparently spending too much time at the airport bar and not enough time looking at the departure board.
Vickie Meyers, 53, told police she was intoxicated and confused about the flight’s scheduled departure time before she made a dash for her Spirit Airlines plane at Sky Harbor Airport on Sunday, according to Fox affiliate station KSAZ-TV.
Meyers, of Creve Coeur near St. Louis, missed the final boarding call and attempted to get on the plane by punching in a security passcode into a keypad at the gate door that was closed after all of the passengers had boarded.
53-year-old Vickie Meyers told the police she was reportedly intoxicated and was confused about the departure time for her Spirit Airlines flight to St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday before she walked through an emergency door at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and made a run for the plane
Vickie Meyers, of St. Louis, Missouri, is escorted through the terminal at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix on Sunday after she ran onto the tarmac in an attempt to board an airplane
Following her unsuccessful attempt to barge through the secured jetway, Meyers opened an adjacent emergency door with no trespassing signs in English and Spanish that lead to the tarmac.
Meyers ran down a flight of stairs and made a dash near the nose of the airplane in a bizarre bid to get the pilot’s attention, but airport ground crew members stopped her as she approached the jet.
‘She decided to go out the emergency doors, to the tarmac, and start arguing with grounds crews about why she should be let on the plane still,’ passenger Bryan Jones told KSAZ-TV.
The workers held Meyers until police arrived, who escorted her back to the terminal before she was placed under arrest.
Meyers was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and charged with first-degree criminal trespassing, a felony.
Aerial view of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport where a passenger ran onto the tarmac Sunday in an attempt to board an airplane