Photo by Qiao Da Ye
Everyone knows how utterly useless those security checks at subway stations are, but did you ever think you’d live to see it scrapped? Good news from Shanghai Daily today:
Shanghai is considering ending the security checks at Metro stations and replacing the X-ray scanners with manual random checks and police dogs, the top official of the city’s politics and law committee said yesterday.
“We can ask inspectors to do some random checks with inspection sticks or dispatch some police dogs who can effectively stop flammable materials from being brought onto the Metro trains,” Wu Zhiming, chairman of the committee, told the city’s political advisory body.
He did not give a timetable but said local police had begun working on some details of replacement plans.
The current system is expensive to the city government because nearly 30 percent of the city’s entire population are receiving security checks at the city’s nearly 300 Metro stations every day, Wu said.
He said foreign cities like Tokyo and Moscow had no such large-scale security checks on their subway systems.
Police dogs can effectively sniff out banana oils and paint, the most common outlawed items brought to Metro stations, and other materials, he said.
All you need to know about the Shanghai Metro here.