Many people I meet don’t actually know that you generally can’t get through airport security in the United States unless you’re flying. As with many things in life, there are exceptions. But, they’ve become much more rare than they used to be. There was a time when it was easy to get a dummy boarding pass on American Airlines sending you to SABRE headquarters (their reservation system) so you could access the lounge if you were a member and had a meeting there. It’s just not that way anymore. That’s why it was so remarkable when Pittsburgh opened up its airport to people not flying a couple of years ago. Tampa followed suit not long after, but that’s really been about it for US airports allowing non-passengers through security.
Man Arrested At Singapore Airport For Escorting His Wife To Gate
Now, we have news of a man who was arrested at Singapore Changi Airport for buying an airline ticket without planning to actually fly using that ticket. Thanks to Justin M for pointing this one out to me. He’s apparently not the only one to be arrested. A Facebook post by the police force seems to indicate 33 people have been arrested this year for doing the same thing:
As Gary Leff of View From the Wing points out, Singapore Changi Airport is a bad place to do this. Every flight there is an international one. Getting out of the secured area can be problematic. I had to do this once a few years ago. I was helping a friend get home from London and I went through security to their gate at Heathrow. Then, I exited to transfer to my terminal. I got some weird looks from passport control but was ultimately allowed to pass.
The Final Two Pennies
This is still something that’s possible at most airports in the United States. Purchase a fully refundable ticket and then cancel it after you get through security. I can certainly understand the though process of wanting to help a loved one at the airport. When my wife has to travel on her own with the kids I wish I could be there. But, be forewarned that you may be breaking the rules doing so. And, as fun as the 4-story slide is in Singapore Airport, its definitely against the rules there.
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