Just this month, it was huge news when a man got arrested for buying a ticket to wave his wife goodbye at the airport. The law the man broke: Singapore’s Infrastructure Protection Act, states that anyone accessing the gate side areas in Singapore without the intention to fly may be fined up to 20,000 SGD (~14k USD) or imprisoned for up to 3 years. In recent times no less than 33 people have been arrested for breaking the law. Interestingly enough, a story which got less coverage was the time when two vloggers from the popular YouTube channel “Yes Theory,” spent an entire 4 days inside the Singapore airport, after intentionally missing their connecting flight. The vloggers were very well aware of breaking the law since they point to a placard clearing stating the law at passport control.
They pretty much go through the entire 4 days without much of an incident, beckoning the question: does the Singapore government discern who gets arrested or punished based on how well it serves them? Or were these vloggers just lucky?
I will admit that the thought has crossed my mind to spend more time at Singapore airport. Even if you don’t care about this question or story, their vlog does a great job of covering just how spectacular Changi Airport really is. And when it comes to best airport in the world, it really isn’t a competition.
No I’m not being paid to endorse Yes Theory here on this blog, but they certainly do some creative travel videos. If you don’t already watch their stuff, I would definitely recommend having a look. It’s certainly one of the vlogs I enjoy watching in my spare time. Stay tuned for my vlog’s tour of the airport (coming up soon).