Wednesday, 2nd October 2013
In Japan Travel News,
Narita Airport announces security changes
Tourists travelling to and from Tokyo's Narita Airport will no longer have to submit to checks upon entering the terminal building, it has been announced.
Current restrictions in place require travellers to submit to a search, with both their baggage and ID looked at by security guards, before they are allowed to proceed to check-in.
The measure has been in place since the airport opened in 1978 and is said to have been initiated due to violent opposition from farmers and students to the construction of Narita.
However, the security guards have never been removed, and Narita remains the only airport in Japan with such a measure.
President of Narita International Airport Corporation Makoto Natsume reassured passengers that their safety would instead be guaranteed by patrolling security guards with bomb sniffer-dogs patrolling gates and car parks.
Around 150 cameras equipped with face-recognition technology will also be employed at the entrances to the terminal building.
Written by Mark Smith
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