CAAS debunks video showing flight from South Asia to Changi Airport on 5 May

(SCREENCAP: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore/Facebook)
(SCREENCAP: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on Thursday (6 May) debunked a video posted on social media that reportedly showed a group of passengers arriving from South Asia at Changi Airport Terminal 1 a day earlier.

The video, published on the Singapore Incidents Facebook page on Wednesday night, had a displayed a watermark stating that the clip was taken on Wednesday at Changi Airport.

In a post on its Facebook page, the CAAS called the post "misleading".

"The video showed the passengers arriving at Changi Airport Terminal 1, and a clock indicating 1453 hours. No flights from South Asia had arrived at Terminal 1 in the early afternoon of 5 May," said the CAAS.

The authority pointed out that passengers were seen walking past a renovation hoarding at gate hold room D42/43, which was removed on 5 April.

This meant that the video was taken before 5 April, the CAAS added.

"We urge the public to rely on information from official websites and not to circulate videos and other information that may contain falsehoods. We will release more information shortly," it said.

The Singapore Incidents Facebook page later issued an apology following the statement by the CAAS.

"We would like to apologise to our viewers regarding the wrong date on the video and it is our fault for not validating the actual time and date of the video," it said. "Overall, we deeply regretted that we gave false information on the date of the video."

It added that it had reposted the footage that was published on two personal Facebook accounts on Wednesday.

With effect from 11.59pm on 23 April, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to India are not allowed entry into or transit through Singapore, due to a surge in COVID-19 cases there.

The same border control measure has been extended to travellers with recent travel history to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka with effect from 11.59pm on 1 May.

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