Man Arrested At SIN For Buying Ticket To Walk His Wife To The Gate

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

With an on-site butterfly dome, cactus garden and four-story slide, Singapore's Changi airport regularly tops rankings of the best airports in the world.

But CNN reports that some travellers are taking a little too much of a shine to it.

The Singapore Police Force has issued a warning to residents not to "misuse" their boarding passes after a man was arrested for buying a ticket to walk his wife to the gate. Police said the 27-year-old purchased a flight ticket purely to walk his wife to the gate and had "no intention to depart Singapore." 

The misuse of boarding passes is an offense in Singapore, where transit areas are considered "protected places." 

Anyone accessing the gate-side areas at SIN without intending to fly can be prosecuted under Singapore's Infrastructure Protection Act and fined up to S$20,000 (US$14,300) or imprisoned for up to two years. Thirty three people have been arrested under the legislation in the first eight months of 2019.

In a Facebook post the Singapore Police Force added that "passengers who enter the transit areas with a boarding pass should only be there for the purpose of travelling to their next destination."

That sounds like a no-brainer. But since the opening of Changi's new Jewel terminal in APR, there are stories that some pax have purchased refundable tickets which they cancel before the flight takes off, using the time to enjoy the airport’s elaborate facilities. 

And why not? The Jewel terminal features a 40-metre waterfall (the world's largest indoor one), a 14,000-square-meter Canopy Park, complete with a suspension bridge, topiary and mazes, and one of Asia's largest indoor gardens with 3,000 trees and 60,000 shrubs.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.


Harry Schneider - September 3, 2019 @ 11:32
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