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Man who broke into baggage compartment of Virgin Atlantic jet fined over £200

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A homeless man who scaled three fences and snuck into the baggage compartment of a Virgin Atlantic plane at Manchester Airport has been fined over £200.

Martin Rudzki was spotted by security guards around 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 11 wandering through an unauthorized area smelling “strongly” of alcohol.

The 35-year-old told police he snuck onto the jet because he thought it would be ‘cool’ to ‘get into the belly of the plane, have a cigarette and drink a beer” – then jumped off before he started to leave.

He had been sleeping rough on the grounds of Manchester Airport for five weeks, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard.

Rudzki told the court he “wanted to see the plane out of curiosity” and that his mental health was “in poor condition” at the time.

Since the incident, he claimed he had made “real improvements” in “learning Italian” and would “maybe do a masters next year”.

Rudzki was fined £100, court costs of £85 and a victim fine surcharge of £34.

He was also ordered not to go to the airport for two years unless he had a valid ticket to travel, under a restraining order.



Martin Rudzki, 31, (pictured) told police he slipped into the jet because he thought it would be


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Martin Rudzki, 31, (pictured) told police he snuck onto the jet because he thought it would be ‘cool’ to ‘get into the belly of the plane, smoke a cigarette and drink a beer” – then jumped out before he started to leave

After being arrested, he later told officers he was walking along the Bluetube section of the airport when he saw carrier Virgin Atlantic and thought it would be ‘cool’ to ‘walk into the belly of the plane”.

It wasn’t until a member of staff removed the steps from the plane without knowing it was there that he grew concerned he was leaving and jumped out of the cargo hold – shortly after being spotted and arrested.

Tina Cunnane, prosecuting, told the court that on December 11 last year, at around 2:15 p.m., security personnel saw Rudzki in the unauthorized area, they knew he was not an employee because he was not wearing high visibility clothing and did not have an airfield pass.

“He smelled strongly of intoxicant. He said he was a new employee, it was not believed and he was provided with transportation to bring him back to safety,” she said.

“The police were called and the accused was questioned. He confirmed that he climbed over three fences near the Radisson Blu hotel, entered a plane while on the airfield, and entered the baggage hold to to smoke a cigarette.

“When charged he said he admitted it and he said he had been sleeping rough at Manchester Airport for five weeks.

“He said he was walking along the Bluetube when he saw the Virgin Atlantic plane and admitted he thought it would be cool to get into the belly of the plane, have a cigarette and drink a beer.”

Rudzki then bought a can of beer from the airport Spar before heading to the airfield, the court heard. He then “explored the area” before going to the cargo hold.



Rudzki was fined £100, court costs of £85 and a victim fine surcharge of £34.  He was also ordered not to go to the airport for two years unless he had a valid ticket to travel, under a restraining order.  Pictured: Virgin Atlantic aircraft (file image)


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Rudzki was fined £100, court costs of £85 and a victim fine surcharge of £34. He was also ordered not to go to the airport for two years unless he had a valid ticket to travel, under a restraining order. Pictured: Virgin Atlantic aircraft (file image)

During his interview with the police, he told officers that he admitted to the offense and had no malicious intent. Rudzki reportedly has no previous convictions.

Speaking from the dock, he told judges in Manchester he was homeless at the time and his mental health was “in poor condition”.

“I came to Manchester, I was sleeping rough at Manchester Airport,” he said. “It was just out of curiosity, I wanted to see the plane.

“There was no intention to damage it or hurt anyone, it was just curiosity. I am sorry. I was really peaceful, I told them [the police] I was having a bad day.

“I’ve made real progress, I’ve started to learn Italian and maybe I’ll do a master’s next year.”

Rudzki, of Wilmslow Road, Manchester, was fined £100, court costs of £85 and a victim fine surcharge of £34.

He was also ordered not to go to the airport for two years unless he had a valid ticket to travel, under a restraining order.

During his sentencing, Rudzki replied: “It is more than reasonable.

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