For almost three weeks — from August 21 until September 7 — Buntut remained in transit by using forged mobile boarding passes and his Priority Passes to enter at least nine different lounges at three different terminals. He was successful enough to hoodwink airport employees that he had the right to go in after altering boarding passes for Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.

 

Raejali Buntut, a former business developer at Royale Consultant Management in Singapore, embarked upon a magnificent 18-day journey, in an act of illegality that landed him behind bars.

Buntut, 32, who is now unemployed, was trying to fly from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when, on August 21, he overslept in a Changi Airport lounge after missing his flight back home.

For almost three weeks — from August 21 until September 7 — he remained in transit by using forged mobile boarding passes and his Priority Passes to enter at least nine different lounges at three different terminals. Buntut was successful enough to hoodwink airport employees that he had the right to go in after altering boarding passes for Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.

Passengers are required to have a valid boarding pass to enter into a transit lounge. Buntut downloaded images of mobile boarding passes issued by the two airlines — Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines — from the Internet, and then used an image editing software on his laptop to modify them. He filled it with his name, a false flight number and a false destination on the fabricated mobile boarding passes, before sending them to his mobile phone.

The guilty forged 31 of such passes and continued using the amenities at the lounges in the departure transit areas of the airport’s terminals, until one of the airport employees caught him on the ground of suspicion. He was arrested by the policemen at about 4 pm on September 9, terminating his opulent airport vacation.

Buntut’s sentence was backdated to the date of his remand on September 9. For forgery, he could have been jailed for four years and fined per charge. He was been charged with two weeks at a Singapore jail, which happens to be no more luxury at all.

 

Sweta Dey

Sweta Dey

Sweta Dey is a student of English Honours at Miranda House, University of Delhi.

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