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Posted at 1:54 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Metro to begin random bag searches

By Ann Scott Tyson

Metro transit police announced this afternoon that they will, within a few days, begin conducting random inspections of carry-on items on the Metro system as a security measure.

Metro said the inspections will take "only minutes" and that police will check bags and packages for "hazardous materials." Anyone who refuses an inspection "will be prohibited from bringing those items into the station."

The inspections will use ionization technology police dogs to screen items and would not entail passenger pat-downs, Metro said.

Read more on Metro's new policy on random bag searches on Dr. Gridlock's blog.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | December 16, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
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Excuse my ignorance but is Metro exempt from the 4th Amendment?

Posted by: billecaps | December 16, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow... Given the track record of the Washington Metro your chances of dying are probably higher riding than then Metro than being killed by a terrorist! Hmm, which is less competent: Transit Police or TSA screeners?

Posted by: liubei | December 16, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere the ghosts of der Schutzstaffel are smiling:

"Und if you haf nothing to hide you vill not object!"

Posted by: srb2 | December 16, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

This is going to get VERY ugly.

Posted by: ludditegirl | December 16, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

And I'm sure there will be no profiling?

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | December 16, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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