Woman climbs into X-ray machine to be near bag

An X-ray image showing a silhouette of the woman train commuter, still in her high heels, on all fours behind her belongings.
An X-ray image showing a silhouette of the woman train commuter, still in her high heels, on all fours behind her belongings.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM PEAR VIDEO

DONGGUAN • A train commuter went to extreme lengths to keep her valuables by her side during a security check at a station in China, when she climbed into an X-ray machine to be near her handbag.

The woman's bizarre actions startled security officers at the Dongguan Railway Station in China's southern Guangdong province on Sunday, according to Chinese media.

Video from digital news platform Pear Video, linked on the Facebook page of the state-run People's Daily newspaper, showed the woman placing her luggage on the conveyor belt of the machine, before walking through the security scanner with a small handbag.

When told that all her valuables would have to pass through the machine, she turned around and was seen hopping onto the conveyor belt as well. Two X-ray images showed a silhouette of the woman, still in her high heels, on all fours behind her belongings.

Security footage then showed her climbing out of the machine and checking her handbag and luggage, before walking away nonchalantly.

It was not clear what the woman was carrying in her handbag.

Local media reported that Dongguan station staff have advised passengers not to ride the X-ray machines as radiation given off by the scanners could be harmful.

The unusual incident happened amid the world's largest annual human migration, as millions of Chinese return to their home towns for Chinese New Year, which starts tomorrow.

Many migrant workers carry their annual earnings home to their families in cash during the Chinese New Year holiday, Reuters reported yesterday.

The People's Daily paper said: "Passengers are warned that not only is this kind of behaviour forbidden, but also that the radiation from the machine is incredibly harmful to human health."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2018, with the headline 'Woman climbs into X-ray machine to be near bag'. Print Edition | Subscribe