China Banning People with Poor ‘Social Credit’ from Using Trains and Planes

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People who have committed certain acts that damage their “social credit” will soon be barred from using certain forms of transportation, including trains and planes, for up to a year. The move coincides with President Xi Jinping’s efforts to build a social credit system based on the premise that once a person is deemed “untrustworthy” they should be “always restricted.”

The National Development and Reform Commission released two statements on Friday regarding what would lead a person to be placed on the list of ineligible travelers, according to a report by Reuters.

People who are found to have spread false information about terrorism, caused trouble on flights, smoked on trains, or attempted to use expired tickets could be subject to the restrictions. Other misdeeds may also qualify a person for being added to the list.

The new rules are expected to go into effect on May 1.

Financial wrongdoings committed by companies, such as failing to pay fines or social insurance, can also result in the organization being put on the list, according to statements dated on March 2.

The decision reflects Xi’s goal to create a social credit system, focused on the guiding principle of “once untrustworthy, always restricted.”

China has also discussed plans for a system that would allow government agencies to share details about a person’s trustworthiness, allowing them to issue penalties based on the individual’s social credit score.

The nature of the penalties, aside from those regarding the use of transportation, have not been fully disclosed.

However, there are indications that the social credit system is already in effect. Near the beginning of 2017, China’s Supreme People’s Court announced that 6.15 million citizens were banned from planes for certain social misdeeds.