Trying to say your final goodbye before your loved one departs in an airport might be a romantic gesture that happens all the time in movies and books. However, before you try this with your beau, consider that this action is a criminal offense that might land you in jail.
In an article published by People.com, a website that provides news about celebrity and human-interest stories, they reported that the authorities arrested a 27-year-old man at Singapore’s Changi International Airport. The man bought a boarding pass just so he could walk his wife to the gate and say his farewell.
|Photo Credit: Changi Airport (via Facebook)|
This incident happened on August 25. The unidentified man was taken into custody after he misused his boarding pass at the transit area of Changi Airport. "Investigations revealed that the man had entered the transit area to send off his wife. He had no intention to depart Singapore,” the Singapore Police Force posted on Facebook.
According to the officials from Singapore, misuse of a boarding pass is considered an “arrestable offense” in the Southeast Asian city-state. This is because the airport is of “protected places” status. This kind of status is given to locations “where special measures are needed to control the movement and conduct of persons for public safety and security reasons,” according to the police website.
|Photo Credit: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE/FACEBOOK (via People.com)|
If a person is caught misusing their boarding pass, they can be prosecuted in court and fined up to $20,000. He/she can also be imprisoned for up to two years. Surprisingly, the police authorities have arrested 33 people due to the misuse of their boarding passes. Before this incident, police caught a 28-year-old man who bought a ticket so that he could see off a friend.
“A friendly reminder to not misuse your boarding pass! You should only use it for the purpose of traveling to your next destination,” the Changi Airport stated.