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By Newsgram Staff Writer

After getting annoyed by the behavior of Chinese customers, the Swedish furniture chain Ikea has banned customers from napping on the furniture displayed at a store in Beijing.

Ikea notices that hundreds of shoppers come every day to enjoy the air conditioning facility and furniture comforts with no intention of buying them, reported the Efe news agency.

The ban and other measures seek to exclude from the store all but those making purchases, reported Chinese media on Tuesday.

Earlier, while promoting the items from their brand in the Chinese market, Ikea initially opened additional showrooms of furnishings, inviting shoppers to “take a nap” on beds and sofas, reported the news website China.com.

After the workers of Beijing Ikea complained about the “nappers,” who had become a nuisance, creating a filthy image for the company and discouraging potential buyers, the company decided to put an end to the promotion.

The issue became prompting when a worker noted an elderly woman who helped her grandson to urinate in a plastic bottle while the child was standing on one of the display beds, two years ago.

According to China.com, the effort took by Ikea for banning the customers from taking nap is going vain as the Beijing store continues to experience difficulty for ensuring the customers to follow the rules.

Many customers deliberately deny obeying the staff and covertly enter the store and enjoy their naps.

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Shanghai Airport Gets Check-In With Facial Recognition Machines

Increased convenience may come at a cost in a country with few rules on how the government can use biometric data.

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection facial recognition device is ready to scan another passenger at a United Airlines gate. VOA

It’s now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that has raised privacy concerns as Beijing pushes to become a global leader in the field.

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport unveiled self-service kiosks for flight and baggage check-in, security clearance and boarding powered by facial recognition technology, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Similar efforts are under way at airports in Beijing and Nanyang city, in central China’s Henan province.

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Face recognition tool was first launched in 2012

Many airports in China already use facial recognition to help speed security checks, but Shanghai’s system, which debuted Monday, is being billed as the first to be fully automated.

“It is the first time in China to achieve self-service for the whole check-in process,” said Zhang Zheng, general manager of the ground services department for Spring Airlines, the first airline to adopt the system at Hongqiao airport. Currently, only Chinese identity card holders can use the technology.

Spring Airlines, Shanghai said Tuesday that passengers had embraced automated check-in, with 87 percent of 5,017 people who took Spring flights on Monday using the self-service kiosks, which can cut down check-in times to less than a minute and a half.

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Rana el Kaliouby, CEO of the Boston-based artificial intelligence firm Affectiva, demonstrates the company’s facial recognition technology, in Boston, April 23, 2018. VOA

Across greater China, facial recognition is finding its way into daily life. Mainland police have used facial recognition systems to identify people of interest in crowds and nab jaywalkers, and are working to develop an integrated national system of surveillance camera data.

Chinese media are filled with reports of ever-expanding applications: A KFC outlet in Hangzhou, near Shanghai, where it’s possible to pay using facial recognition technology; a school that uses facial recognition cameras to monitor students’ reactions in class; and hundreds of ATMs in Macau equipped with facial recognition devices to curb money laundering.

Also Read: Facial Recognition Technology Catches A Person With Fake Passpost At The US Airport 

But increased convenience may come at a cost in a country with few rules on how the government can use biometric data.

“Authorities are using biometric and artificial intelligence to record and track people for social control purposes,” said Maya Wang, senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch. “We are concerned about the increasing integration and use of facial recognition technologies throughout the country because it provides more and more data points for the authorities to track people.” (VOA)