In a rather interesting move, China’s Beijing Capital International Airport has added female-only security lines. This was made permanent after a three month trial, and has also been expanded to the airports in Shenzhen, Kunming and Wuhan.
Here’s the rationale, per The New York Times:
“They are marked by bright pink signs that say ‘Female Only’ in Chinese and English.
The government’s rationale is that women want to avoid being frisked by men. In the women’s lanes, the security guards are all women.
Women also carry bags of personal cosmetics that need to be opened and inspected, requiring greater scrutiny, one security guard told state media. The implication is that they are slowing down other (male) travelers with less fussy baggage.”