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Rail, bus stations heighten searches

SHOW your ID card, please.

That movie-like dialog will be common in the next six months at the city's inter-provincial transport hubs, if the beefed-up security checks that started yesterday are an indication.

Both departing and arriving passengers at city railway stations and long-distance bus stations are now subject to luggage and body searches, with sniffer dogs nearby.

"Only the security for the Olympic Games has come close to this," traffic officials said yesterday.

A female passenger - and she wasn't the only one - was asked to leave a bus just after boarding at Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Station because she'd failed to show her ID card. She got a refund.

Zhang Yongbin, the head of the station, said "the traffic inside the station was in good shape as most passengers were cooperative."

Zhang said 90 percent of the passengers showed their ID cards when boarding the buses. Those who didn't were youngsters who don't have ID cards and travelers from other provinces who didn't know ID is now required, Zhang said. But officials took their names, phones and addresses.


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