Three days ago video was posted to TikTok of a woman – dubbed Karen – out on the tarmac after arriving late to the gate for her Spirit Airlines flight. We’ve all been there, running to make a connection or arriving to the airport late, and showing up at the gate with the boarding door just having closed. There’s no defeat quite like it.
This woman wasn’t going to take matters lying down. If the plane is leaving without you, just run after it. Except that exiting the terminal that way is against the law. And you’re not going to wind up on the aircraft anyway.
These videos have collectively been viewed about five million times, first showing the woman being brought back up into the terminal by police (who apparently responded quickly) and then arresting and taking the woman away. As she’s being escorted off in handcuffs, passengers still in the gate area cheer.
Karen missed her flight, decided to walk out emergency exit onto tarmac. Gets felony trespassing.
Part 2 – Karen missed her flight and tried to chase down her plane on the tarmac.
Raw arrest video with original sound.