Travel often seems to bring out the worst behavior in people, and I get why — travel makes people exhausted and stressed, and for many, flying isn’t a common occurrence. So we see airport freakout videos pretty often, though based on news reports, it seems like people are rarely jailed for their behavior.
This behavior can come in many different forms. Sometimes it just comes in the form of hysteria and crazy crying. That I get, and am more understanding of.
However, other times it comes in the form of aggression towards others, damaging property, etc., which isn’t okay.
Well, if there’s one place that’s going to take stuff like this seriously, you know it’s Singapore. For example, last month I wrote about how so far this year 59 people have been arrested at Changi Airport for misusing boarding passes. While it’s a technique people use across the world for various reasons, in Singapore it’s a crime.
So if misusing a boarding pass can get you arrested, what’s the consequence for freaking out? One unlucky guy from New Zealand found out recently. The Straits Times has the story of a guy who was sentenced to three weeks in jail for his behavior at the airport.
On the morning of August 16, 2017, a 37 year old New Zealander transiting Changi Airport enroute from Australia to Bangkok missed his connection while trying to visit his wife-to-be. Here’s what happened after he allegedly drank eight pints of beer and took a nap:
When he woke up, he realised that he had missed his flight and went to the transfer counter to seek help, said Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Quek Jing Feng.
He caused a commotion by spewing vulgarities, throwing his bag and kicking items, unhappy that he had to buy another flight ticket.
When Senior Staff SgtTan and his partner arrived, Hannan was drinking beer in the smoking room.
He became agitated and suddenly grabbed Senior Staff SgtTan’s collar with his right hand. As a result, the radio set attached to the officer’s epaulette fell onto the floor.
The two policemen moved back and advised Hannan to calm down, but he continued to be aggressive, and charged towards them.
Necessary force was then used to place him under arrest as he put up a violent struggle.
The guy’s defense was that his 2.5 year old son had been hospitalized in Thailand with pneumonia, and he was drunk, anxious, and stressed. Now he’ll be sitting in a jail cell for a few weeks thinking about what he did…
While I think most people wouldn’t behave this way, it’s a good reminder that you’re subjected to many of the local laws even when you’re just transiting through a country.
(Tip of the hat to SINJim)