Duo ar­rested for mis­us­ing board­ing passes to buy iPhone 7

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SIN­GA­PORE: A man and a woman were ar­rested in Sin­ga­pore for al­legedly break­ing air­port laws in what seemed to be a des­per­ate at­tempt to buy the new iPhone 7 at Changi Air­port's tran­sit area.

In a Face­book post yes­ter­day, po­lice said the two – whose names, ages and na­tion­al­i­ties were not dis­closed – were ar­rested on Sept 16 in one of the air­port's tran­sit ar­eas.

Ap­ple's new iPhone had sold out in the city soon af­ter its launch on the same day.

Changi Air­port has three iS­tu­dio stores which sell Ap­ple prod­ucts in the tran­sit ar­eas.

"In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that both sus­pects were be­lieved to have en­tered the tran­sit area to pur­chase the Ap­ple iPhone 7 and had no in­ten­tion to de­part Sin­ga­pore," po­lice said in the post.

Changi Air­port's tran­sit ar­eas are des­ig­nated as “pro­tected places” un­der the law.

Po­lice warned that those who “mis­use their board­ing pass to en­ter the tran­sit ar­eas, with no in­ten­tion to pro­ceed to their next des­ti­na­tion, are li­able for an of­fence un­der the Pro­tected Ar­eas and Pro­tected Places Act”.

The sus­pects may each be li­able to a fine of S$1,000 (RM3,000) and a jail term of up to two years. – dpa

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