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 in order to walk his wife to the gate.
The misuse of boarding passes is an offense in Singapore, where transit areas are considered “protected places.”
Anyone accessing the gate-side areas at Changi 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.
Police said the 27-year-old bought a ticket purely to walk his wife to the gate, and had “no intention to depart Singapore.”
In a Facebook post they added that “passengers who enter the transit areas with a boarding pass should only be there for the purpose of traveling to their next destination.”