Date
18 November 2017
On the crowded subway, these scary Halloween costumes may draw more laughter than screams. But they may also disrupt passenger traffic. Photos: weibo.com
On the crowded subway, these scary Halloween costumes may draw more laughter than screams. But they may also disrupt passenger traffic. Photos: weibo.com

It’s Halloween, but don’t dress up like this on Beijing subway

It’s great fun scaring people on Halloween, but don’t wear scary costumes on the Beijing subway unless you want to get arrested.

Local public transport authorities have warned that passengers may face arrest for wearing fancy attire or make-up that could frighten people or cause panic on the city’s subway network, especially during peak traffic hours, Beijing News reported on Friday.

Wearing strange outfits in subway stations or train carriages could easily attract public attention and “cause a crowd to gather and create trouble”, the newspaper said, adding that police are authorized to arrest those who violate the order.

“If the chaos is serious and causes a stampede or other public safety incidents, the police will deal with it severely in accordance with the law,” it added.

The high police alert at subway facilities is part of the tightened security in the capital, which will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ meeting next month.

Beijing will implement widespread traffic controls and road closures starting Saturday until Nov. 12 for the event, the report said.

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