Going through Customs in China

“Reach the head of the line at immigration at Beijing airport and you see something unexpected: On a little ledge just below the officer’s line of sight is a small machine showing an array of buttons. Atop the buttons is a legend inviting travelers to rate the work of the officer: very satisfactory / satisfactory / not satisfactory / slow or rude. As soon as the officer places his or her stamp in the passport, the buttons go active. The lines did move fast.” Source: Frum Forum

Beijing International Airport

I’ve pushed those buttons. Considering how rude the Chinese can be to each other (not foreigners like me­—we get the polite treatment), that was a good idea.

Beijing International Airport

Maybe rating systems like these also motivate China’s homeland security to be more efficient than what I’ve experienced in the US.  For example, I always carry a 16 GB USB thumb drive with me when I travel. All my backup files are on that drive. If the house burns down or is robbed, I won’t lose any of my computer files.

During our last trip to China, no one at San Francisco’s international airport asked to see the USB drive in my loose-change pocket. When I arrived in China, security at Pudong airport asked to see what I had in that pocket.

See “Dragon Air” http://wp.me/pN4pY-lD

 

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