Chinese airports have introduced “female-only” security checkpoints in order to protect women’s privacy during security pat-downs. According to The New Zealand Herald, female officers will staff the new lines, which were deemed successful after a three-month-long trial at Beijing Capital International Airport. The women-only lines have an added benefit for the men: speedier service. Officials told the Chinese news site People’s Online Daily that women require more luggage checks going through security because they carry more cosmetics than male passengers do. Officials said efficiency improves about 25 percent with the segregated lines.
“We feel more comfortable when our coats and suitcases are checked by female security inspectors. I think this seems like a VIP service for women,” one woman going through security in Beijing told the website.
The new security lines have begun operating at airports in Beijing, Kunming, and Wuhan, and are marked with bright pink signs.