There are some people who can handle a trip to Las Vegas and there are some people who can't handle a trip to Las Vegas and end up trespassing onto an airport runway and climbing onto the wing of a commercial airliner that is preparing to depart. The gentleman in this viral video appears to be the latter.
An Alaska Airlines airplane was preparing to depart on Saturday from the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just before Flight 1367 took off for Portland, a man climbed onto the left wing of the Boeing 737. The pilot notified the control tower, which then alerted security.
Video taken by Brooke Knight shows the man on the wing, and has been watched nearly 2 million times on Twitter. So much for "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."
At one point, he attempts to climb the winglet, but he can't ascend up the tip of the elevated wing. The man believes that his shoes do not have enough traction to climb the winglet, so he takes off one of his shoes and socks. Unfortunately for him, being barefoot did not improve his climbing abilities. He mounts the winglet, but doesn't get very far.
Police officers walk onto the wing to apprehend the man, but he gets nervous and falls to the ground. He is immediately taken into custody by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers who were waiting on the tarmac. The man was reportedly transported to a medical facility.
@AlaskaAir crew has been exceptional as The Original Wingman graces us with his presence. #StayHot2020 https://t.co/79PHcHhJ0q— Brooke Knight (@Brooke Knight) 1607814172.0
The unidentified suspect climbed over a perimeter fence of the airport and was observed by airport staff around 1:40 p.m. PST, McCarran International Airport spokesman Joe Rajchel told CNN.
The airplane returned to the gate for a full inspection following the incident, Alaska Airlines said in a statement.
"Law enforcement was dispatched and able to apprehend the individual," the airline said. "Our guests and employees are safe and we are working with law enforcement. The plane returned to the gate for a full inspection."
The plane eventually took off for Portland, but after a three-hour delay.
The airline executives are going to see this viral video and think to themselves, "Maybe we can make a lower class than "Economy Class" and charge people to fly on the wings?"