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Tension on Metro turns to violence

METRO authorities are beginning to feel the tension between passengers and security staff after the city beefed up checks.

A middle-aged woman was detained for seven days after hitting a female security volunteer on Tuesday, Metro police said yesterday.

It's the second such case within a week after police detained a man who refused to cooperate at a security check and slapped a female security staff member on Sunday.

"We once again appeal for passengers to be cooperative during the security checks," said a Metro police spokesman. "It's a shame that people have to resort to violence."

In Tuesday's incident, a woman surnamed Wang carrying two bags tried to skip the checks at Line 2's Nanjing Road W. station about 1pm, police said.

Ye Ping, a volunteer who was standing beside the X-ray machine, was telling her she had to put her bags through the X-ray machine, when the woman suddenly slapped her four or five times in the face, police said.

Police later caught the woman. But her bags were found to contain nothing untoward.

Wang told police she had had a quarrel with family members and was not in a good mood that day.

Five passengers passing by were willing to testify, police said. They said that Ye had acted perfectly correctly in trying to stop the woman from evading the checks.

Some passengers have complained that some security staff are rude.

But one staff member at the Zhongshan Park station, a busy hub that links three lines, said: "I raise my voice only when passengers are unwilling to put their carry-ons through the scanners."

Other commuters said they had seen security personnel chatting while ignoring bags put through the machines.


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