Chi­nese woman fol­lows bag into X­ray scan­ner

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Eerie X-ray im­ages of a Chi­nese woman crawl­ing through a lug­gage scan­ner at a rail­way sta­tion to pro­tect her hand bag has be­come the big­gest hit in the so­cial me­dia ahead of Lu­nar Year cel­e­bra­tions on Thurs­day.

The woman, part of mil­lions of Chi­nese trav­el­ling back to their homes to cel­e­brate the week-long Chi­nese New Year and the Spring Fes­ti­val set off a se­cu­rity scare at Dong­guan rail­way sta­tion as she lunged into the X-ray scan­ner much to the hor­ror of the of­fi­cials.

The footage taken from a sur­veil­lance cam­era on Tues­day, the uniden­ti­fied woman is seen ap­proach­ing the se­cu­rity check­point and load­ing her lug­gage onto the scan­ner’s con­veyor belt.

How­ever, af­ter be­ing told that she must also scan her hand­bag, she climbed on the ma­chine, Hong Kong-based South China Morn­ing Post re­ported.

De­spite the best ef­forts of the ma­chine’s op­er­a­tors to de­ter the woman, she trav­elled through full length of the con­veyor and emerged un­scathed along with as­sorted items of bag­gage, at the far end.

The high­light of the footage is a se­quence of or­ange-tinted X-ray im­ages of the woman on all fours as she passed through the scan­ner, with her skele­ton on view for all the world to see. She was ap­par­ently con­cerned about leav­ing her hand­bag unat­tended in the scan­ner, so went in af­ter it, the re­port said.

Pas­sen­gers be­hav­ing oddly at rail­way sta­tions is noth­ing new in China, es­pe­cially dur­ing the Lu­nar New Year pe­riod when tens of mil­lions of peo­ple make their an­nual jour­neys home.

While the woman did not ap­pear to have suf­fered any ill ef­fects from her ad­ven­ture, the city’s rail­way po­lice were quick to warn pas­sen­gers against re­peat­ing the trick.

“This is not the kind of joke that should be taken lightly,” they said.

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A footage of the woman showed her crouch­ing on all fours while tightly hold­ing on to the hand­bag.

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