BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Beijing subway passengers were subjected to
new security checks on Sunday at the start of a three-month campaign to ensure a
safe Olympic Games and Paralympics.
More than 3,000 inspectors at 93 metro stations began searches for dangerous articles, including guns,
ammunition, knives, explosives, flammable and radioactive materials, and toxic chemicals, said Jia Peng a spokesman
for Beijing Subway Operation Company.
Passengers receive security check at the Andingmen Subway Station in downtown Beijing, China, June 29, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
Passengers generally showed understanding, Jia said.
"It's inconvenient for me, but I know the checks are aimed at ensuring the
safety of myself and other passengers," said a passenger surnamed Yang at the
Andingmen station of the No.2 line.
At Chegongzhuang Station, passenger Wang Bo and his laptop were subjected
to a security check. Inspectors checked him with scanner and asked him to set
aside his keys, mobile phone and wallet.
"They are so careful," Wang said. "It's just as strict as the airport
At the Wangjingxi Station, inspectors seized two kilograms of gasoline at about 11 a.m. and a passenger is under investigation, but no further information
Passengers (2nd, 3rd L) receive security check at a subway station in downtown Beijing, China, June 29, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
Liquids would also be checked, unless the passenger takes a drink in front
of inspectors, said the Legal Evening News newspaper.
Large items of luggage would be checked by X-ray machines, while smaller
bags would be randomly checked. More than 30 dogs were also to be used for
random inspections, and another 30 were being trained, Jia said.
The Legal Evening News reported that the X-ray machine check took 15
seconds, a body scan 10 seconds, a liquids check four seconds and dog check five
A subway spokesman had earlier said the measures were taken to maintain
public order and ensure a smooth Olympics from Aug. 8 to 24 and Paralympics from
Sept. 6 to 17.
"Passengers who reject security checks or insist on carrying dangerous
articles will be prohibited from entry or exit or even prosecuted," he said.
Under Chinese law, passengers are banned from carrying dangerous materials
on public transport, including buses, subways, trains and aircraft. Offenders
can be detained from five to 15 days.
Beijing has five subway lines in operation with 140 km of track, transporting millions of passengers every day. It plans to add three new subway lines this year to reach 200 km in length.