Chinese passengers forced to queue for half an hour just to enter subway station

Enhanced security checks blamed for long delays outside station in Kunming

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 August, 2017, 5:31pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 August, 2017, 6:34pm

Heightened security checks at a Chinese metro station meant passengers had to wait for more than half an hour to enter the station.

Photos showing long queues outside an underground station in Kunming, Yunnan province have been circulated on China’s social media platform Weibo on Friday.

According the provincial news site, the queues outside the station entrance stretched for more than a hundred metres.

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The mainland media linked the delays to enhanced security measures, which required passengers to have their bodies scanned by metro staff using a portable detector. One disgruntled passenger claimed that there was only one checkpoint in operation.

The additional process was reported to take 15 to 20 seconds longer than the usual security check in the province’s capital city, which would require passengers to put their bags on a conveyor belt and pass through a metal detector.

A staff member, who was unwilling to give his name, told the mainland media that there was no end date for this new arrangement, but did not state the reason for it.

Kunming citizens took to social media to complain about the delays.

“I am happy that the authorities want us to travel safely, but why are they only opening one security check point in the whole station? I waited more than an hour for a metro journey of only 15 minutes! “ a Weibo user said.

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“I don’t think this is making the metro safer. If there starts to be a fire, or any other accidents alike, people will start trampling on each other,” another Weibo user with the account name “old auntie” said.