Buying airplane tickets to just to meet friends at transit area

The Singapore Police Force shared in a Facebook post on Sunday (27 Sept) that there have been nine cases of travellers misusing their boarding pass at Changi Airport since January this year.

The warning adds that, “[t]hose who abuse their boarding pass to enter the transit areas to meet friends and/or celebrities, with no intention to proceed to their next destination, are liable for an offence under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act.”

Wait what?

So Singaporeans are possibly buying air tickets just to meet someone at the transit areas, because, you know, it’s just like meeting someone at the bar or playground or toilet.

And what is an extra couple of minutes going through the airport security or potential pat downs anyway?

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Maybe its because Changi Airport’s security checks are nowhere as notorious as TSA pat downs in the US.

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And admittedly, as the world’s best airport year after year, Changi Airport is a really pleasant place to hang out.

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Or maybe students finally ran out of studying space outside the transit areas.

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Some pointed out that maybe it’s because of “GST-free” shopping.

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Budget airlines to blame?

It could very well be that ticket prices have become so much cheaper with the rise in budget airlines that buying a plane ticket with no intention to board has become possible.

While there is a loophole here, passengers or pretend-passengers should consider that entering a transit area with no intention to board a plane will mount to a long list security problems.

Not only are offenders liable to fines and jail term, potential disappearing acts are opening doors for actual security threats like terrorists to be able to walk into transit without much suspicion.

Besides, there are many other ways to see an airplane without boarding.

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With references from Singapore Police Force