Wow, in the morning office peak hour rush this must be the most trying test of one’s patience: Chengdu’s metro Line 1 has installed airport-like metal detectors and tightened security measures so that subway riders must remove coins, keys, cell phones, and all other metal objects and submit to body scans.
In total, 49 metal detectors have been installed in the 16 stops on the Metro Line 1, allocated based on the stations’ traffic flow. Each station has at least two, while a high-traffic station such as Tianfu Square, has the most at eight.
The subway authority claims that “[t]hey have been placed in such a way so that passengers without baggage can proceed to the detectors without passing through the X-ray baggage checkpoints….up to four inspection staff will be stationed at each during peak hours” but we’re still raising our eyebrows at their ability to handle the crowds.
All this beefing up of security has earned Chengdu the title of the nation’s strictest subway in terms of security measures, but the question remains: Why? Is it necessary? Maybe it’s the way I waltz through the security here on Shanghai subways while the staff make no effort to stop me but I’m inclined to think probably not.