After 18 Days in Priority Pass Lounges, Man Spends Two Weeks in Jail

Sep 19, 2016

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Depending on who you ask, gratis food, free-flowing cocktails and speedy Wi-Fi might make spending 18 consecutive days in an airport sound at least somewhat appealing. When one man missed his flight at Singapore’s Changi Airport, he decided to do just that, hopping from one lounge to the next over a more-than-two-week period.

Raejali Buntut of Singapore missed his flight to Kuala Lumpur, so he decided to forge 31 boarding passes on his laptop and proceeded to spend nearly three weeks in nine different Priority Pass lounges at Changi. After missing his AirAsia flight on August 21, it took until September 7 before police finally arrested him after a worker became suspicious seeing him enter the lounge multiple times in the days prior. The unemployed 32-year-old never gave a reason for his extended airport stay — he pled guilty to three counts of forgery and was sentenced to two weeks in jail.

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Changi Airport in Singapore has a wide variety of Priority Pass lounges to choose from. Image courtesy of Air France/KLM.

As ridiculous as this story may seem, forging documents to access lounges is nothing new. In August, a Polish man created an app on his phone that generates fake boarding pass QR codes, essentially giving him access to many different lounges. Instead of facing jail time though, the man presented his app and the security flaw he exploited at a Las Vegas hackers conference.

While you’re certainly entitled to take full advantage of lounge access when you meet the requirements for access, at least one person paid the price for taking things a bit too far.

Featured image courtesy of Air France/KLM.

H/T: One Mile At A Time

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