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Issue 08, 2008 (01 August)
 2008 Olympics

Real Name Required to Check Baggage on Trains

The Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Public Security recently declared that personal items carried by train passengers and checked baggage will be subject to strict security checks between 22 June and 20 September to ensure security for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. Baggage must be checked in real name.

Passengers carrying dangerous items into stations must hand over these items to train station staff for proper disposal. They are forbidden to place or leave explosives and dangerous items in stations or on trains. Passengers refusing security checks or insisting on carrying prohibited items may be denied access to trains. Passengers found to be illegally carrying dangerous items onto trains shall be handled in accordance with law and shall face criminal prosecution if their actions constitute crimes.

Passengers are strictly forbidden to hide dangerous items in ordinary checked baggage and may not evade declaration or make false declaration. They should consciously undergo security check by station staff and check their baggage in their own names. If passengers refuse to accept security check or make false declaration of the items carried, station staff have the right to refuse to check their baggage. They must present valid identity cards when claiming baggage. Otherwise station staff may refuse their claims.

Inflammables, explosives, radioactive substances, contagious substances, firearms, ammunition, controlled knives and other items that may endanger public safety are all on the prohibited list. Choppers, large fruit knives and scissors other than controlled knives, which may not be carried, should all be put in checked baggage.
From the list of prohibited items, one can see that inflammable fluids include gasoline and paints but not mineral water and milk.

The list of prohibited items includes:

  1. Firearms and weapons, including firearms for both official and personal use and other types of firearms, such as prop guns, starting guns, steel ball guns, tear gas guns, stun guns and firefighting guns, as well as all types of offensive weapons.
  2. Explosives, including cartridges, detonators and fireworks products.
  3. Controlled knives, including daggers, three-edged knives, automatic knives with locks and other single-edged, double-edged and three-edged knives.
  4. Inflammables and explosives, including inflammable fluids and inflammable solids, self-combustion substances, as well as oxidizing substances and organic peroxides.
  5. Poisonous substances, including cyanide, arsenic, tetramine, mercury, toxic pesticides and other toxic chemicals, as well as selenium powder, phenol and raw lacquer.
  6. Corrosive substances.
  7. Radioactive substances.
  8. Contagious pathogens.