‘Don’t Misuse Boarding Pass’, Husband arrested in Singapore Changi Airport for buying ticket just to wave his wife off at the gate

You might have seen a usual romantic comedy where the hero buys a plane ticket and dashes through customs only to say goodbye to his lady one last time. Now here’s a real-life warning why you should never try to recreate that particular goodbye gesture especially at Singapore Changi airport! A husband bought tickets for a flight at Singapore airport so that he could go through to the gate with his wife but got arrested because he didn’t actually plan to get on the plane with her.

DON’T MISUSE YOUR BOARDING PASSOn 25 August 2019, the Police arrested a 27-year-old man for misusing his boarding pass…

Posted by Singapore Police Force on Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Misuse of boarding passes an offense in Singapore Changi airport

After the Singapore Police arrested the man for buying a ticket in order to walk his wife to the gate, it has increased its security patrol and has issued a warning to all residents not to misuse their boarding passes. Transit areas in Singapore Changi airport are considered “protected places”. Hence, misuse of boarding passes to enter transit areas without the intention of flying is a serious offense.

Transit areas in Singapore Changi airport are  protected places
Transit areas in Singapore Changi airport are protected places

Fines and Imprisonment

The practice of purchasing a flight ticket just to access the airside section of the airport terminal is prohibited in Singapore. According to Singapore’s Infrastructure Protection Act, trespassers accessing the transit areas at Jewel Changi airport without intending to fly can be prosecuted and fined up to S$20,000. Also, they can be imprisoned for up to two years. In the first eight months of 2019, about 33 people have been arrested under the legislation.

Here’s what makes Singapore Changi Airport awesome?

Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore Changi Airport

Unlike other Asian airports that remain for name sake, Changi is not a soulless hangar but a lifestyle destination in itself. Fantastic for food, shopping, spa-time and even movies, Changi is a great place to hang out, plus you can catch a flight afterwards! It’s an unexpected airport paradise with an on-site butterfly dome, cactus garden and four-story slide. When Changi’s new Jewel terminal opened in April, it made headlines for the world’s largest indoor waterfall and Asia’s largest indoor garden; the 14,000 square meter Canopy Park s with 3,000 trees and 60,000 shrubs complete with a suspension bridge. No doubt, Singapore Changi airport is ranked the best airport in the world by Skytrax.

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