Man arrested after bizarre wing-walking stunt at Las Vegas airport

On Saturday afternoon, Las Vegas police arrested a man who climbed onto the wing of a departing Alaska Airlines flight at McCarran International Airport. The 45-minute incident was captured on video by passengers seated by windows on the Portland-bound flight.

From various videos, it appears the man was not a passenger on the flight, but somehow managed to get up on the wing from the ramp. One video shows the man sitting on the wing for a few moments, then walking toward the wing tip. (See video here.)

A subsequent video shows him taking off his shoes and trying to scale the wingtip in bare feet. After a few tries, he fell to the ground as police approached from the ramp and from the wing, having gained access to it via the emergency exit door. (See next video here or see below.)

In a statement, Alaska Airlines said, “The aircraft was preparing for take-off when the pilot noticed an individual advancing towards the aircraft. The pilots notified the tower. Law enforcement was dispatched and was able to apprehend the individual.”

According to ABC News, police arrested Alejandro Carlson, 41, who was treated for minor injuries after what appeared to be a very rough fall from the wing.

“This fella is fine, which is great.  A bloody nose…all personnel on the plane and on the tarmac were simply amazing.  So nice to see…” tweeted Brooke Knight, one of the passengers who witnessed the incident and posted a video online.

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