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Man arrested in Changi for misusing boarding pass

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, September 4, 2019  /  03:55 pm
Man arrested in Changi for misusing boarding pass

The 40-meter-high Rain Vortex, which is the world's tallest indoor waterfall, is seen from inside Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore (Reuters/Feline Lim)

Singapore's spectacular Changi Airport continues to make the news, but this time for a different reason. 

A 27-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 25 for "misusing his boarding pass" in Changi Airport's transit area, according to a Facebook post by the Singapore Police Force.

"Investigations revealed that the man had entered the transit area to send off his wife. He had no intention to depart Singapore," read the statement entitled "Don't misuse your boarding pass" published on Aug. 28.

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The police had apparently arrested up to 33 people for similar offenses since January 2019.

"The police would like to remind all passengers that the transit areas of Changi Airport are gazetted as Protected Places. 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 offense 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 two years, or to both," the post continued.

Those who have visited Changi can perhaps relate to why someone would do such a thing. Since opening its new Jewel terminal in April, the airport has lured even more visitors with the world's largest indoor waterfall, which is 40 meters high, a suspension bridge in a Canopy Park that is 14,000 square meters in area and a huge indoor garden that boasts 3,000 trees. (ran/kes)