People buy flight tickets just so they can shop at Singapore airport

2018-02-03 14:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Last year 92 people were arrested at the Changi Airport in Singapore for using their boarding passes to enter the airport without flying anywhere.

Recently, two women were arrested for doing just that, according to The Straits Times, but they wanted to get into the airport for two different reasons.

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One woman used her boarding pass to shop at Changi's famous stores in the transit area, while the other was desperate to meet a South Korean boy band passing through the airport. Some eagle-eyed social media commenters deduced that it was probably Super Junior, who played a show in Singapore a day before the arrest.

In Singapore, it's illegal to enter a transit area without wanting to leave the country, and if prosecuted offenders will either have to pay a $1 000 fine, spend two years in prison or even both.

The Singapore Police Force issued this warning on their Facebook page, stating that airports fall under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act, the reason for the heavy penalties.

Singapore has one of the world's most powerful passports, making it easy for Singaporeans to buy tickets to most destinations, and the police may see an increase in offenders once its insane-looking canopy park open in 2019, with its glass dome and 40-metre indoor waterfall.

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