No, Shenzhen Metro is Not Enforcing a Mobile Phone Limit on the Subway

By Rakini Bergundy, August 28, 2019

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Shenzhen is a bustling city and it’s not unusual to see people juggling multiple phones for work, play or whatever may be the case (possibly that ‘second’ special someone in your life?). You’ll often spot cords dangling out of peoples pockets and bags, hooked up to smartphone life support (read: power bank). 

One Shenzhen resident recently took to the Internet after misinterpreting a regulation they spotted, thinking that passengers could only take three phones on the subway at once. 

Not to worry folks. Shenzhen Special Zone Daily checked in with Shenzhen Metro and confirmed that there isn’t a limit on the number of mobile phones carried by passengers. However, there is a regulation on external phone batteries, not the ones currently in your phones. 

According to Article 31 of the ‘Measures for the Administration of Urban Rail Transit Operation in Shenzhen,’ it is forbidden to carry: 

“...explosive, flammable, explosive and radioactive articles. The Shenzhen Metro regulates passengers carrying inflammable, explosive materials and over-standard portable batteries. This includes four or more mobile phone batteries, three or more portable chargers, electric bicycle batteries, lead-acid batteries and over-standard portable batteries.” 

If you are for some reason lugging a trove of batteries, it’s best to take a taxi or car. These rules are in place to limit the number of batteries traveling through the metro system as incidents of power banks bursting into flames have occurred in the past. Just last month, at Huangbeiling station, a passenger’s lithium battery spontaneously combusted when he was waiting for his train, causing a large cloud of smoke to dissipate. Luckily no one was injured. 

READ MORE: Power Bank Bursts into Flames on Shenzhen Metro

[Cover image via Unsplash]

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