PHOTO: Image shows male-only line at airport in China. (Photo courtesy People’s Daily Online)
The problem with security lines, according to one airport in China, is all that gender integration guff we have come to tolerate.
According to the People’s Daily Online (h/t The Daily Mail), the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China has a method of queuing other parts of the world might find peculiar or downright problematic. It, according to the reports, now offers male-only lines at its airport.
As The Daily Mail notes, the People’s Daily is a state-run publication and offered the above image with the caption: “Now, time for the gentlemen to enjoy some privilege.”
Thankfully, officials have a bit better explanation for the initiative outside of giving men a break they didn’t need or ask for. The People’s Daily explains that the campaign is all about making things flow better and keeping things in line with customs around the world.
The report reads: “A staff member with the airport explains that part of the reason for opening the male-only channel is to respect the customs of some foreigners and people from various ethnic groups. This is a move by the airport to improve its services and become more passenger-friendly.”
The Daily Mail scraped Weibo for various reactions and notes a few. One reportedly states: “I've been there before. Girls had to queue up for a very long time.”
The publication noted another user who wondered: “How about a mother with a small son? Are the kids allowed to follow their opposite sex parent?”
Here are some images from around social media:
People’s Daily makes the point that female passengers should only be checked be fellow females, and this process ensures that this kind of attention takes place. To its point, a mixed gender system means a female inspector is doing double duty, slowing down the line.
“Imagine the scene: a female is busy checking female and male passengers alike while a male idles on the sidelines. This appears to be an obvious waste of staff.”
Of course, we wonder what our female travelers have to say about lines that could slow down egregiously while male counterparts presumably fly on through security.
We thought things were far simpler when we could all complain about security and the tedium of waiting in its line together. There is something harmonious about griping as one annoyed mass of travelers.