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Man arrested for buying air ticket to see off wife at gate

From bon voyages to meeting boy bands, the misuse of boarding passes is rising at this leading airport.

Some will drop their partners off at the airport; others will walk their loved ones to the departure area; but this man took his farewell a step further by actually buying an air ticket so he could see off his wife at the gate of her Singapore Changi flight. Either this man has separation anxiety, or a lot of money to burn... 



For his troubles, the 27-year-old man was arrested in the transit area of Changi, police said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.


A probe into the incident revealed that the man had entered the airside of Changi without any intention of boarding a flight.


According to The Straits Times, 33 people have been arrested so far this year for misusing boarding passes at the Singapore airport.


Another instance saw a 42-year-old woman from Macau charged for allegedly using her boarding pass just to claim a goods and services tax (GST) refund at Changi. 


Early last year, a 20-year-old woman bought an air ticket to meet members of a South Korean boy band, while a 23-year-old female used her boarding pass at retail stores in the transit area of the hub, the Times reported.   


In Singapore, offenders may be fined up to S$20,000 and/or be jailed for up to two years for misusing a boarding pass. 

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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 3 September 2019

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