Photo: Alec Donovan's TikTok screenshot

SINGAPORE — A TikTok user has alleged that he was “banned” from Singapore and was “thrown in airport jail” without telling him any reason.

In a clip published yesterday (29 January), the TikTok user, who goes by the name Alec Donovan, said he was taking a day trip to see Changi Airport.

“But the airport guards found it suspicious that I was only there for 10 hours, and without telling me anything, they threw me in airport jail, ” he claimed.

He further described the “airport jail” room as being “cool and dark with no chairs.”

“I was allowed to sit in this small room use my phone for 20 minutes while multiple cameras watched my every move.”

The 24-year-old TikToker, who appears to be from the United States, alleged that later the officer took all his belongings, and he was interrogated for an hour “with long list of questions.”

In Alec Donovan’s clip, a voice can be heard in the background of the video, in which Mr Alec claimed that an officer was shouting at a person who complained about his phone being taken away.

“I am losing my patience with you, get out, you come to Singapore, you fucking behave yourself,” the voice in the background shouted. Mr Alec said the man was taken away and he “never saw him again.”

Mr Alec further claimed that he was locked in a cell and threatened to send him to Changi Prison.

At the end of the clip, he asked viewers to like and follow his TikTok account to stay tuned for part two, in which he implied he might reveal further details about his encounter.

Mr Alec’s video has garnered over 1.3 million views in less than a day. Due to vague information provided in the video, other TikTok users questioned Mr Alec if he was omitting some details:

According to online news site Coconut Singapore, the Singapore Police Force has yet to respond to their request to comment on Mr Alec’s allegation.

It is unknown what offence the TikToker was held for, but the TikToker did show a brief shot of a notice that states he is being removed from Singapore under the Immigration Act.

While caning is practised in the city-state, it is reserved for offences such as drug trafficking, rape and vandalism.


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