On September 16 two Singaporean nationals were arrested at Changi Airport after they allegedly tried to buy iPhone 7s from an airside shop without subsequently departing on a flight.
Following last week’s launch, the new iPhone 7 is in huge demand, however, there isn’t an official Apple store in Singapore so purchases have to be made online or via a third-party. It is thought the two people arrested were attempting to beat the potentially long wait to acquire one by purchasing flight tickets which enabled them to buy the iPhone 7 from shops in the post-security retail area. Had they departed on an international flight after buying their iPhones it would not have been a problem but they were arrested by police who said the two had “no intention” of leaving the country and therefore should not have entered the post-security check area.
Police have charged the two under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act. If found guilty they could face fines of up to 1,000 Singapore dollars and a jail term of up to two years.