Airport staff commended for helping to nab man who forged boarding passes

Dnata Singapore staff receiving plaques commending them for their public spiritedness, on Sept 20, 2016.
Dnata Singapore staff receiving plaques commending them for their public spiritedness, on Sept 20, 2016. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Dnata Singapore staff receiving plaques commending them for their public spiritedness, on Sept 20, 2016.
Dnata Singapore staff receiving plaques commending them for their public spiritedness, on Sept 20, 2016. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - Four employees of ground-handling firm Dnata Singapore were commended for helping the police nab a man who stayed in Changi Airport for 18 days by forging boarding passes.

In a ceremony held at Airport Police Division on Tuesday (Sept 20), the four were commended for their public-spiritedness, police said.

For almost three weeks - 18 days from Aug 21 until last Wednesday - Raejali Buntut remained in transit by using 31 forged mobile boarding passes to enter various lounges in Changi Airport.

Raejali missed his flight to Kuala Lumpur on the morning of Aug 21.

He then downloaded images of mobile boarding passes from the Internet, and used an image editing software on his laptop to alter them.

 

Raejali inserted his name, a false flight number and a false destination on the fake mobile boarding passes, before sending them to his phone.

An alert worker at a Dnata lounge, which Raejali visited four times, saw through his ruse and called the police.

"Due to the staff's vigilance, the man's misdeeds was uncovered. The police were alerted and arrested the man shortly," police said.

Raejali was sentenced to two weeks'jail on Sept 16.

"This case illustrates the close partnership between the Police and the airport community in fighting crime... We thank these staff for being vigilant and assisting the Police to arrest the man," said commander of the Airport Police Division, assistant commissioner Cheong Chee Ming.