Given that there are 200 stations and only nine of these rigorous checkpoints, lines will not be out of control at every stop. The main take away from this is the precedent of airport-esk security checkpoints on trains and subways, and whether or not the concept will be considered by other countries. For tourists in big cities, subways have always been a cheap, easy way to zip around the city. But factor in a 30-minute wait time and implement restrictions on what you can and cannot bring on board, and all of a sudden cities like New York and London become much more difficult and frustrating to explore.
We are sure that other countries are no doubt keeping an eye on Beijing to see how it plays out in all aspects, including increased safety and the satisfaction of both locals and tourists. We'll keep you updated on how the experiment goes. Apparently, many locals have already voiced their dissatisfaction with the system. It's not hard to see why.
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