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Metro checks go system-wide

WELL-BOTTLED Chinese spirit and tightly sealed spray cans in reasonable amounts can be taken on the Metros, city police told commuters yesterday, the first day of expanded security checks to each and every local Metro station.

With thousands of police officers and security workers on duty to open and comb through passenger bags and luggage, incoming traffic at local subway stations went a bit slower than usual yesterday.

To beef up security in the lead-up to the 2010 World Expo, the city authorities broadened luggage checks from a previous 43 Metro stations to all stops across town.

Police suggested that Metro riders arrive five minutes earlier than usual, especially during peak hours, because the luggage check might cause some jam-ups at the entrances.

As the security effort steps up, a passenger should expect to have each of his travel suitcases carefully examined, police said.

Smaller bags will be subject to random searches.

Despite being flammable, bottled Chinese spirit, a popular gift among friends, air-fresheners, hair-spray and similar spray-can products will be allowed in small quantities, local police said.

Usually, each passenger will be allowed to carry no more than two bottles of normal-size hair-styling sprays, police explained.

Sharp-ended tools, such as hacksaws, are to be kept safely wrapped to avoid hurting others, police said. Otherwise, they may be barred from the stations, according to police.

Any foul play during the luggage check may cause a rider to face police questioning and punishment, police said.

The city introduced security checks of passenger carry-ons last September on a trial basis.

So far, X-ray machines have examined 40 million pieces of luggage and bags, and 900,000 others have been examined manually by security staff, said Metro police.

As of this week, the security checks intercepted more than 30,000 flammable and other dangerous goods from being taken in the stations, police said.


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