Air­port sets fe­male-only check­points for mod­esty

Spe­cial lanes help women cut time spent in line, while pro­tect­ing pri­vacy

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou zheng­caix­iong@chi­ Huang Mengt­ing con­trib­uted to this story.

Open­ing a women’s se­cu­rity chan­nel, like in­creas­ing women’s toi­lets, only shows care for women.” He Ying, Women’s Fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cial from Guangzhou’s Li­wan dis­trict

Three se­cu­rity lanes cre­ated es­pe­cially for women be­gan pro­cess­ing pas­sen­gers at the Guangzhou Baiyun In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Guang­dong prov­ince on Mon­day, with the aim of pro­tect­ing the pri­vacy of fe­male pas­sen­gers and help them avoid the em­bar­rass­ment of be­ing checked by male se­cu­rity guards.

All the se­cu­rity guards who work in the women’s lanes, which uses pink as its iden­ti­fy­ing color, are women, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the air­port on Mon­day.

Mean­while, chil­dren who fly with their moth­ers are also al­lowed to use the lanes.

It also of­fers spe­cial baby bas­kets, said Liang Yan­fei, one of the guards.

“Women pas­sen­gers usu­ally bring more ar­ti­cles to board planes, and we usu­ally re­mind them to pre­pare in ad­vance for se­cu­rity checks for their ar­ti­cles, in­clud­ing cos­met­ics, mo­bile phones, iPads and their per­sonal be­long­ings, to help save time,” Liang said.

The Guangzhou air­port is said to be the first on the Chi­nese main­land to have opened such spe­cial se­cu­rity lanes.

Of­fi­cers checked more than 3,600 women pas­sen­gers and dozens of chil­dren on Mon­day.

Fe­male pas­sen­gers could re­duce their time on se­cu­rity checks by about 15 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the air­port.

He Ying, a Women’s Fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cial from Guangzhou’s Li­wan dis­trict, said the lanes pro­vide great con­ve­nience to women and helps the air­port shorten se­cu­rity checks.

“Women usu­ally need more time to get through se­cu­rity in air­ports; there­fore, open­ing such se­cu­rity lanes for women will cer­tainly help the air­port op­er­ate more smoothly,” He told China Daily on Mon­day.

She did not think it dis­crim­i­nated against women pas­sen­gers.

“Open­ing a women’s se­cu­rity lane, like in­creas­ing women’s toi­lets, only shows care for women, not dis­crim­i­na­tion,” she added.

Many women pas­sen­gers have wel­comed the lanes.

Cui Cheny­ing, a Guangzhou of­fice worker, said it is con­ve­nient for fe­male pas­sen­gers.

“Some­times, I re­ally don’t want to be checked by male se­cu­rity guards who stand close to me and use the equip­ment to scan my body,” Cui said.

“The ser­vice is good and the fe­male se­cu­rity guards are very nice,” said Cui, who flew to Shang­hai on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

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