Netizens launched the “Airport Stress Test 3.0” to disrupt traffic to the airport. The police obviously stepped up their alert, set up roadblocks on many roads leading to the airport and intercepted airport bus passengers.
At 11 am, police started intercepting bus to the airport at the Kowloon side of Western cross-harbour tunnel and Tsing Ma toll plaza. Police boards the bus to check the identity card of the passengers. Some passengers were asked to open their baggage for inspection.
As observed, police intercepted mostly young people at the bus stop and on buses passing Tsing Ma Toll Plaza at Lantau Link. They ask the young people for their reasons for going to the airport and copying the identity card information for record. There are also tow-trucks and barricades nearby, which are ready to tow away suspicious vehicles.
At Disneyland Sunny Bay station, 5 police cars are parked. The police mainly intercepted the airport buses, while other vehicles such as private cars were spot-checked.
On Saturday morning, MTR shut down the Airport Express except for direct trains from Hong Kong Station to the Airport. The Free Shuttle Bus from Kowloon Station was also suspended.
Some train and bus services to the airport were running a more restricted service in a bid to reduce the likelihood of large numbers of protesters getting to the airport.
The police roadblocks and reduced train and bus services to the airport are helping the protesters in blocking airport access inadvertently.