China Airport Security Tightened from July 20

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) says that starting July 20, 2008, air passengers will go through a new, additional security check at 20 airports in China. The special measure is aimed at preventing anyone from carrying explosives, inflammable or other materials that can be used to disrupt the Beijing Olympic Games.

Passengers will be subject to security checks at the entrance of the terminals. Suspects will have to go through thorough security checks, and people caught carrying such materials will be dealt with strictly in accordance with the law. The new security checks will be in addition to the normal ones that are mandatory for every passenger. As a result, people wishing to see off relatives and friends inside the airport terminal buildings will also have to go through security checks.

The special security check measures will be carried out in Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Qingdao Airport, Tianjin Airport, Shenyang Airport, Qinhuangdao Airport, Shijiazhuang Airport, Taiyuan Airport, Ji’nan Airport, Hangzhou Airport, Nanjing Airport, Hefei Airport, Changchun Airport, Harbin Airport, Hohhot Airport, Dalian Airport as well as airports in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and in Tibet Autonomous Region.

Passengers are encouraged to get to the airport in advance (about 3 hours) and reserve due time for security checks so as to avoid missing the flight.

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