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MARC to start security checks on baggage

Think the MARC trains are slow now? The Maryland Transit Administration says it's going to start random security screenings at stations on Friday. The MTA announcement says the screenings can involve checks of luggage, packages or other carry-on items.

"While every effort will be made to conduct the security checks in a timely fashion, customers should be prepared that extra time may be required to board their train," the announcement says.

The checks will be done by MTA police along with security and canine teams from the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Transit Security Administration.

The announcement does not describe any current threat or raised security concern that would require imposing this additional burden on local travelers. A year ago, Metro transit police were authorized to conduct random searches of people's property as they entered stations, but so far they have not done so.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 27, 2009; 8:29 AM ET
Categories:  transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, MARC  
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Comments

Do you have probable cause or a warrant? Then no, you won't be checking my bag.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | October 27, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh, great. Just what we need on the MARC. Instead of wasting time on this, they should be doing something constructive...like providing service that isn't ridiculous.

Posted by: pikamander007 | October 27, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Yea, cause terrorist train-bombs are such a common threat... Why it must have been a caboose full of dynamite that someone rolled on to the trolley tracks in that Baghdad explosion recently.

Posted by: timscanlon | October 27, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"Do you have probable cause or a warrant? Then no, you won't be checking my bag.?"

OK, tough guy. Two things will happen: (1) Say hello to Fangs, your friendly neighborhood canine enforcer, and (2) Remember that 8:00 meeting with Mr. Bossman and clients? Better have that teleconference number handy. You'll need it when you call in from your jail cell.

LOL!

Posted by: wings100 | October 27, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, great. Just what we need on the MARC. Instead of wasting time on this, they should be doing something constructive...like providing service that isn't ridiculous."

Famous last words.

Posted by: wings100 | October 27, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"Do you have probable cause or a warrant? Then no, you won't be checking my bag"

I take it then, that you don't fly...

Posted by: ceebee2 | October 28, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

"Yea, cause terrorist train-bombs are such a common threat"

You mean you are not concerned with preventing a re-occurrence of what happened in Madrid in 2004: nearly 200 killed, nearly 2000 injured in a train bombing? If bag checks are a deterrence, then I'll be opening my bag and giving my gratitude to Fangs.

Posted by: Irediparra | October 30, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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