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Safety and anxiety mix as Narita prepares for more flights

Tokyo gateway adopts new precautions with travel restrictions poised to ease

A passenger's temperature is taken before boarding a Tigerair Taiwan flight at Narita Airport. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

CHIBA, Japan -- A group of five students fidgeted while standing in line at Japan's Narita Airport as a safety officer pointed a contactless thermometer at one of them.

Even though the entire process takes just seconds, the students, who were visiting the Tokyo area on a long four-day weekend, looked tense as they waited for their friends to get the go-ahead from the officer. Relief washed over their faces as one by one they passed the screening with flying colors.

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