2 women arrested for misusing boarding passes to meet Korean boy band, go shopping in Changi Airport's transit area

Two women were arrested on separate occasions for misusing their boarding pass at Changi Airport, the police said in a statement on Facebook yesterday (Feb 1).

In one case, a 20-year-old had bought her ticket to meet a Korean boy band.

In the other case, a 23-year-old woman used her air ticket to shop at retail stores in the transit area.

Both women were found to have no intention to depart Singapore.

The police said that in 2017, they arrested 92 people for the misuse of boarding passes.

The police want to remind all passengers that the transit areas of Changi Airport are gazetted as protected places and passengers who enter the transit areas with a boarding pass should only be there for the purpose of travelling to their next destinations.

Those who misuse their boarding pass to enter transit areas with no intention to travel out of Singapore are liable for an offence under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act, the police added.

Offenders may be prosecuted in court and if convicted, face a $1,000 fine, two years' prison, or both.