Chinese airline engineer fined $700 for wrongful use of pass at Changi Airport

A Chinese national who works for China Southern Airlines was fined $700 on Thursday for inappropriately using his airport pass to enter a restricted area.

Wang Nan, 45, an airline maintenance engineer, admitted to using an airport seasonal pass at the aerobridge of a gatehold room at Terminal 1, Changi Airport, for reasons outside official duties or business in February.

The court heard that at about 10.30pm on Feb 27, Wang showed his pass to a Certis Cisco auxiliary policeman to enter the aerobridge. Ten minutes later, he was seen pulling a trolley bag and walking alongside two female Chinese.

On seeing this, the auxiliary policeman felt something was amiss. He went immediately to the arrival belt where the passengers arriving from Guangzhou had to collect their check-in luggage.

He stopped Wang from leaving and discovered that Wang had used his airport pass to gain access to the aerobridge, a restricted area, via the departure staff entrance to receive his wife and daughter. Wang was detained.

Pleading for leniency, Wang said he was remorseful and would not do it again. He could have been fined up to $1,000 and/or jailed for up to two years.