If you’re travelling through either of Shanghai’s International airports – Shanghai Pudong or Shanghai Hongqiao, it would be a good idea to arrive early as they are the first Chinese airports to implement the new anti-terrorism law, which took effect on 1st January 2016, securing access to busy public spaces such as airports, railway stations, ports, metro stations and long-distance bus stations.
The official making the announcement indicated that passengers should allow an extra half an hour to undergo the security checks at the entrance to these airports as the checks would be similar to existing security checks at airports, focusing on passengers’ carry-on baggage, searching for such items as knives, flammable and explosive products and guns.
A number of other airports worldwide already carry out checks as you enter airports, including Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
At the time of writing, Shanghai’s airports are the only ones to have implemented the checks in China. They are arguably two of the largest in the country and airport officials have said the the decision to increase anti-terrorism security checks outside the security clearance area is to ensure the safety of those in the public area of the airports.
Twenty-seven checkpoints have been added at Pudong airport’s entrances with fourteen at Hongqiao airport entrances, each manned by four staff members. Initial passenger feedback is that the process has been proceeding smoothly with no noticeable delays.
This link to Shanghai airports may not load well, but if you have time to wait, it has links to both International airports.