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Basmah Qazi

Jail time and $20,000 fine: Husband's grand airport gesture for his wife has landed him in hot water

Jail time and $20,000 fine: Husband's grand airport gesture for his wife has landed him in hot water

A man has been arrested at Singapore’s Changi Airport for saying goodbye to his wife near her gate before her flight.

According to Singapore Police, the 27-year-old man was in possession of a boarding pass that allowed him to enter the airport’s transit area so he could farewell his wife, despite not having any intention of leaving the country.

By law, anyone with a boarding pass who accesses the transit area past security should only be there if they intend to travel.

“The Police would like to remind all passengers that the transit areas of Changi Airport are gazetted as Protected Places,” said Singapore Police on Facebook.

“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 into their transit areas, with no intention to proceed to their next destinations, are liable for an offence under the Infrastructure Protection Act.”

The man in question is now facing court and can possibly be fined up to $20,000 ($A21,400) or be jailed up to two years or both.

Police revealed that this is the 33rd incident this year where a person has been arrested at Changi for misusing a boarding pass.