Two female students were arrested by the Singapore Police Force for misusing their boarding passes just to meet a K-pop star at Changi Airport. According to the police, the two students, aged 16 and 19, bought plane tickets, got their boarding passes on April 30 but had no intention of leaving Singapore. Their motive was to meet Korean hip-hop artist, Simon Dominic, according to Singapore media.
Simon Dominic's performance
Simon Dominic performed at the AOMG Follow the Movement Tour in Singapore on 1 May at Suntec Convention Hall together with Jay Park, Loco, DJ Pumpkin and Gray. AOMG is a record label founded by Jay Park and Simon Dominic serves as co-CEO.
Crime becoming common
The Singapore police said the students used the boarding passes to enter Changi Airport's transit area.In a Facebook post on Wednesday, they also added that since January this year, 36 persons had been arrested for misuse of boarding passes.
The police reminded all passengers that the transit areas at Changi Airport are classified as protected places. Those "who enter the transit areas with a boarding pass should only be there for the purpose of travelling to their next destinations," the police explained.
Under Singapore law, "those who misuse their boarding pass to enter into the transit areas, with no intention to proceed to their next destinations, are liable for an offence under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act."
According to the police, the offenders may be prosecuted in court and if convicted they are likely to face imprisonment for two years and a fine of Singapore $1,000 (about US$716.64) or both.
Last September, the Singapore Police arrested a 32-year-old man for forging boarding passes to use at different Changi Airport lounges.
The man remained at the airport's transit area for 18 days starting on 21 August. He forged 18 mobile boarding passes to access lounges. He was arrested after airport staff alerted authorities. The man was sentenced to two weeks of imprisonment.
Changi Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, handling 58.7 million passengers last year. It is ranked 17th worldwide in terms of total passenger traffic, according to the Airports Council International (ACI).