Japan’s Keisei Railway assigns security guards to airport express trains to stop attacks

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A security officer confirms security before boarding the Keisei Skyliner at the Narita Airport Terminal 1 station in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture on April 25, 2022. (Mainichi/Tadakazu Nakamura)

NARITA – In response to a series of incidents in which passengers have been attacked on trains, Keisei Electric Railway Co. now has security guards on board all limited express services, including the Skyliner connecting central Tokyo and Narita International Airport.

Indiscriminate stabbing attacks on passengers occurred on the Keio and Odakyu Lines in Tokyo in 2021. Under such circumstances, Keisei Electric Railway began April 25 to assign a security guard wearing a safety vest to each express train limited, with a long distance between stations, to search for suspicious people and objects, and also to strengthen the response capacity in the event of such attacks.

A security guard will patrol each car two to three times during the operation of the eight-car Keisei Skyliner, which connects central Tokyo and Narita Airport in a minimum of 36 minutes.

Fares for those trains that charge passengers for express services in addition to regular train fares have been increased by 50 yen (about 40 cents) for the Skyliner and 30 yen (20 cents) for other limited express trains. This is the first time since 2005 that Keisei Electric Railway has raised its fares, excluding the influence of the consumption tax hike.

The company’s director and general manager, Tsukuo Tanaka, said, “I would like to ask our customers to understand how to bear the minimum cost of assigning security guards.”

(Japanese original by Tadakazu Nakamura, Narita Bureau)

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