SEVEN MINUTE WAIT: To improve delays for travelers, customs officers requested 10 more X-ray machines, 130 to 150 additional personnel and time to train them
Date: Jan 17, 2019
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport customs officers yesterday expanded inspections of
carry-on luggage for passengers from China, Macau and Hong Kong — which are at high risk for African swine fever — but a lack of personnel and X-ray machines resulted in long lines of arriving passengers.
The Customs Administration began more thorough luggage inspections on a trial basis for travelers from areas affected by African swine fever to comply with an order given by Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) after he took office on Monday requiring all carry-on luggage from those areas to be manually checked.
The Aviation Police Bureau said it was instructed to assist in the quarantine efforts, adding that it would coordinate with other agencies in inspecting carry-on luggage at boarding gates.
With more than 100 flights daily from Hong Kong, Macau and China, the bureau said it has requested additional personnel from the National Police Agency. [FULL STORY]