I’ve long said that Singapore’s Changi Airport feels like a shopping mall that just happens to have planes that can take you anywhere in the world.
Changi Airport Terminal
Several days ago I wrote about the guy who was jailed after spending 18 days at the airport hopping between Priority Pass lounges. He was arrested because one of the Priority Pass lounge attendants caught onto what he was doing, as he had created fake boarding passes to stay in the airport, which is illegal.
Well, it looks like you don’t have to create fake boarding passes to face jail time in Singapore. Just booking a refundable ticket without the intent of flying is enough to land you in jail, at least for one Singaporean couple.
With the popularity of the iPhone 7, the BBC has the story of a Singaporean couple who decided to book refundable tickets in order to access the airport so they could buy their iPhone there. I’m guessing they didn’t have to pay taxes there either.
Per the story:
They were arrested on 16 September for breaking airport laws.
Police said they had “no intention” of leaving Singapore so should not have been in the departure hall.
The two have been charged under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act. They face a fine of up to 1,000 Singapore dollars ($735; £565) and a jail term of up to two years if convicted.
YOW! There are plenty of people out there who have booked refundable tickets without the intent of flying, like for the purpose of meeting a friend or loved one past security. I guess the moral of the story is not to do this in Singapore, because you could face up to two years jail time for it. I doubt they’ll be sentenced to that, but still…
(Tip of the hat to @jeanpauljh)