USEUROPEAFRICAASIA中文双语FrançaisHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILEOpinionCartoonsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsFrom the PressOpinion LineFrom the ReadersBureau ChiefForum TrendsHome / Opinion / Opinion LineAirports can avoid confusion by strictly following aviation rules
China Daily | Updated:2017-05-26 07:47Passengers wait for flights at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, on January 13, 2017. [Photo/CFP]CHINESE PASSENGERS are allowed to use their passports, instead of identity cards, to book and board domestic flights, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on Tuesday. The statement came in response to some reports that said, at several airports passengers are also required to present their IDs while boarding a domestic flight even if they had booked tickets using their passports. Legal Daily commented on Thursday:The CAACs clarification came just one day after the reports were published creating confusion among passengers. The new guidelines on civil aviation security from the countrys top aviation authority, which took effect on Jan 1, require passengers to present valid IDs, including passports, to board domestic flights.
It is thus surprising that some airports, including Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Zhuhai Airport, both in Guangdong province, refused to accept a passport as valid identification for Chinese passengers earlier this month. Their misinterpretation of the aviation rules caused unnecessary delays for passengers.
Of the 29 airports in 28 provincial-level regions, including the four municipalities, which China Daily reporters contacted on Monday, 13 required Chinese passengers to carry their identity cards to fly within the country, including those who had booked an international flight with their passport and intended to use one of Chinas airports as a stopover.
An estimated 430 million people flew with Chinese airlines in 2015, which shows flights are the preferred mode of transport for many people in the country. As such, passengers deserve proper service, not mixed signals, from airport authorities.
A major question that remains unanswered is: Why have the revised aviation rules not been followed by all airports over the more than four months?
Clearly, there has been a lack of understanding among aviation authorities at all levels. It is not yet known why some airports required identity cards from Chinese residents to board a flight while others didnt. The misunderstanding could have been avoided had those airport authorities thoroughly read the CAAC guidelines, and the aviation authorities informed passengers that they should book and board a flight using the same ID.Related StoriesPassport OK for flights, authority saysReport of frequent traveler passport called fabricationChinese passport ranks 66th in world, says travel agencyGana stamps his passport from Chile to AugustaConsulate condemns passport scribblingAfrican Union opens with launch of continental passportCartoonsNearsightednessComputer virusBye bye TPPPeaceful coexistenceNo chance of winningInternational Museum DayMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsIs China becoming a cashless society?Does China need its own Mothers Day?ColumnistsBrussels visit gives Trump a chance to reset ties with EUAbes Japan First slogan doesnt gel with his TPP roleForumFeatured ContributorsTrade war averted, but warnings of more friction aheadBelt and Road Initiative gains momentum in GeorgiaChina Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersHow a brave girl grabbed happiness with her own handsNot all share bike riders embrace the sharing conceptBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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