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Dozens Arrested for Long Goodbyes at the Airport

Dozens Arrested for Long Goodbyes at the Airport
Jennifer Billock

Singapore’s Changi Airport may be one of the best airports in the world for a romantic day spent getting as much quality time in with your loved one before they’re gone ’til November. Unfortunately for the dozens of love birds that have been arrested while doing just that, it’s also illegal. While buying a ticket you don’t intend to use just to spend time together before a goodbye might sound romantic, Singapore Changi Airport is making it very clear that they’ll turn your airport rom-com moment into an episode of locked up (or at least heavily fined) abroad. 

On Sunday, police at Singapore’s Changi Airport arrested a 27-year-old man who was just trying to get a bit more face-time with his bae before she flew off on a trip. The man bought a ticket for a flight he had no intention of being on and used a boarding pass he never intended to actually use to get through security and join his partner inside the boarding area at her gate.

As it turns out, though, that’s pretty seriously illegal. He was arrested and now faces some consequences for it. So far, police at Changi have arrested 33 people this year pulling the same stunt. It’s such a common occurrence that the Singapore Police Force even made a Facebook post about it:

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, August 28, 2019

“The Police would like to remind all passengers that the transit areas of Changi Airport are gazetted as Protected Places,” the post reads. “Passengers who enter the transit areas with a boarding pass should only be there for the purpose of traveling to their next destinations. Those who misuse their boarding pass to enter into the transit areas, with no intention to proceed to their next destinations, are liable for an offence under the Infrastructure Protection Act. The offender may be prosecuted in Court and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.”

So even though Changi Airport is very proud that it has so many spots for couples to take romantic photos and spend quality time together, both of those couples need to be headed to a destination together to enjoy them.


[Image Source: Changi Airport]

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