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Q: Any chance the Beijing subway will get rid of its security check soon?

I'm merely speculating here of course though what say you? For me it's clearly served its purpose (run up to and during the Olympics) though perhaps the authorities feel like they'd lose face if they took em down as they'd be going back on their earlier decision. On a personal note I can't think of nothing more inconvenient about life in the capital. During rush hour, there are always huge queues (well, Chinese-style ones) and it takes forever and then I have to complete the infuriating task of taking off pausing my ipod, taking off my earphones so I can take my bag strap off, then put my bag back on followed by my earphones (there's nothing worse than having earphones UNDER the bag strap as the pressure often causes them to fall out) all the while I'm juggling with various bits and bobs in my hand. Half the time the guards actually checking the x-ray are asleep anyway! Do other Chinese cities have this or is it just Beijing? Rant over.

7 years 20 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - Beijing

 
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Shanghai's subway has it also.

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Unlikely. The company which supplies the security check equipment, Nuctech, used to be run by Hu Jintao's son, Hu Haifeng. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/18/world/asia/china-princelings-using-fam...

 

 

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Most of the places in beijing all you have to do is show the security guard your bag you don't even need to put your bag through that machine..

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There are cookies, bookies and too many rookies for me to sit here trying to be a hooky! Looky Looky don't call me a wooky. Touchy Touchy Feely Feely Spicy Spicy Nicey Nicey & that's what the doctor Ordered!!

 
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It's such a waste of time! Most of the time they're asleep or not even looking at the screen, and besides, I could be hiding a machete under my jacked and no-one would even notice.

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No they won't get rid of them.  Once security is added to a place/thing it rarely gets removed, this is true anywhere int he world.

 

I agree it's pretty pointless, anything I don't want them seeing I just carry on me instead of put it in my backpack.

 

As for people complaining about having to take off their bag....comon, it's not THAT bad.  It usually takes half a second.

 

If it bothers you that much you could always do like I do sometimes and just pretend like I don't hear them when I walk right through. They will rarely stop you, if they do you just signal that you dont understand and youre in a hurry and just keep walking, they will give up.

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So glad they don't use them down in Guangzhou.  I know most stations have the machines tucked away in a corner under the sheet here.  I hope there is never a reason to overreact and bring those things back into use!

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