Man arrested for buying plane ticket just to walk his wife to the gate

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Something something something attractive nuisance.



Do Not Walk on the Grass, Poor Doors, etc.


But don’t forget- if you have someone who needs assistance:

“ What Is an Escort Pass?

An escort pass is very similar to a boarding pass. An airline check-in agent can issue an escort pass to someone with a government-issued photo ID who wishes to accompany a minor child or a person with a disability, age-related or not, to a departure gate.

Airlines also issue escort passes to someone who needs to meet minor children or persons with disabilities at a domestic arrival gate. Escort pass holders must clear airport security and comply with the same regulations as an airline passenger.

Who Needs an Escort Pass?

Anyone taking a child, grandchild, or accompanying a relative or friend with a disability to a departing flight. may need one. If you are meeting someone who falls into one of these categories, you should consider requesting an escort pass.”


Like, what possible reason could there be to make this a law?


Maybe to keep protestors away from the departure gates?


The Jewel itself is not within the airside section of the airport. You don’t need a ticket or boarding pass to go visit the Jewel. There are plenty of attractions once you’re airside at Changi, and terminals 1,2,and 3 are all linked to eachother, but crumbs: that’s an expensive goodbye.


What protestors? Are there protests happening in Singapore at the moment?

It seems like more of an asshole authority type decision but I’d bet there was some instance or series of instances of drug smugglers making a handoff to someone and then not getting on the flight, so the rule would maybe to make it harder for them to do so past the check screening? Just a guess.


My first guess would be that it’s some kind of security theatre. Keep non-passengers away from the plane and you remove one potential access vector, might be the thinking.

And it’s implemented in a highly authoritarian-seeming way because it’s Singapore.


The idea that non-passengers should be allowed to walk up to the departure gate seems to be uniquely American. AFAIK it has never been allowed in Britain.


That’d be my thinking; I don’t consider it ‘theatre’ but a fairly sensible precaution.

Not to mention the extra hassle/delay caused by people having to join already excessive queues to go though Security.

Just say goodbye before Security, FFS (not directed at Entity447B, of course :wink: )

Yep. It certainly hasn’t been allowed in the time I’ve been flying, and that’s since the mid-70s.


The Singaporeans are not amateurs. They are planning ahead.


The UK doesn’t seem big enough to justify domestic flights.

I have walked my son to the departure gates for domestic flights in Australia. But now he is 17 and doesn’t even want to be driven to the airport.


London ⇐⇒ Edinburgh, Birmingham ⇐⇒ Edinburgh.


We do have domestic flights, and terrorism related to Northern Ireland was the biggest security concern for the UK government before 9/11, so it would be illogical for security for domestic flights to be less rigorous than for international flights.


London ⇐⇒ Belfast.


Ah right. Here its because for international you need to go through emigration, and you need a boarding pass for that.

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See also do not chew gum. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.


That’s only 4.5 hours by train. But if you were going from Plymouth to Inverness (like, for a conference on marrying your sister), then yeah, you would obviously fly.


One of the things that I don’t see considered here is that there is a grace period (limited by runway slots availability) where a plane can depart a bit later if all registered passengers (specially the ones that have passed customs) are not there (I’ve seen planes waiting 15 minutes for a lost passenger, but could be a bit more, specially if they know the passenger is inside the boarding terminal), while a plane that has loaded the passengers in advance, if lucky, can depart a bit earlier.

Given that, it makes sense not allowing passengers to purchase tickets, enter the area -thus flagging them as “ready to board” - and then not board the plane. The same rationale is applied to passengers that fly only one leg of a multi-stop flight.