Everyone has seen at least one romantic comedy where the guy buys a plane ticket just so he can dash through customs to say goodbye to his lady one last time.
Now here’s a real-life warning of why you should never try to recreate that particular romantic gesture.
A husband bought tickets for a flight at Singapore airport so that he could go through to the gate with his wife, only to be arrested because he didn’t actually plan to get on the plane with her.
In Singapore travellers who move past security with boarding passes should only do so if they have genuine plans to travel; anyone who doesn’t is breaking the law.
It looks like the husband, who remains unidentified, was unaware of that particular law when he tried to bid his wife farewell.
Now he faces up to $21,000 in fines and up to two years in jail for his romantic gesture, and he’s not the only one.
According to Singaporean police, more than 33 people have been arrested for similar offences this year alone, some of whom bought plane tickets just to go shopping in the airport’s duty free area.
“The Police would like to remind all passengers that the transit areas of Changi Airport are gazetted as Protected Places,” police wrote on Facebook following the arrest.
“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 the transit areas, with no intention to proceed to their next destinations, are liable for an offence under the Infrastructure Protection Act.”
It looks like those grand romantic gestures really do only work in the movies.