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.
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