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June 23rd, 2004
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MBTA during the DNC
Some highlights from a PDF of a booklet entitled Taking the T during the DNC, available from the MBTA's Web site.
  • "All baggage, briefcases, packs, and boxes are subject to search."
  • "Due to proximity to the Fleet Center, the Orange Line and highway buses will not permit packages aboard larger than 6" x 12" x 4" (about the size of a loaf of bread)."
  • "Your bag may be inspected aboard trains at Community College and Haymarket Stations."

Notice that the second item reads "packages". So, no large packages that could be holding bombs, but they'll allow bags that could be holding bombs? I don't really see how not allowing packages makes things safer. [Update: Okay, it's at least somewhat logical (see bitty's comment). Of course, I'll bet a hunk of plastic explosive the size of a loaf of bread (or several of them, distributed among several suicide bombers on the same train) could still cause some major fuckupage.]

And notice the redundancy about searching bags. They have a blanket statement for the whole transportation system that bags are subject to search, but then they specifically mention those two stops on the Orange Line. What the hell does that mean?

If you use the MBTA at all, and you're planning to use it during the DNC (end of July), you should probably read this booklet for information on station closures and schedule adjustments.

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From:bitty
Date:June 23rd, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
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bags can be searched easily enough. "packages" implies being sealed, which is more difficult to search without tearing up the package, or ripping off the tape, etc.
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From:magid
Date:June 23rd, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)
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On the radio this morning they suggested leaving all "backpacks and briefcases" home during the DNC. I can't imagine how they expect people to comply with that.
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From:bitty
Date:June 23rd, 2004 06:43 am (UTC)

It's that Fenway dilemma all over again

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WHERE AM I SUPPOSED TO FIT MY BACKUP BOOK?!?!?!?!??!
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From:hrafn
Date:June 23rd, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
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Perhaps they figure that people who are using Haymarket and Comm. Coll. are more likely to be trouble-makers?

Re: redundancy - it just says things are "subject" to search, not that everything will be. And for Haymarket and CC, sounds like "aboard trains" is a different case than in other stations. *shrug*

Sigh.

You know, I would expect this sort of security, and if they would just limit it to the time during the DNC, that would be okay, I'd understand. I'd be annoyed if I had to deal with it, but I'd understand.

Suppose I ought to read the bookletty thing. (Though I think I'll be able to avoid public transit, at least Orange and Green, during the time in question.)
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From:mobledqueen
Date:June 23rd, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)

my perspective...

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I'm still getting used to NOT having my bag inspected everywhere I go. I can't beleive I managed to get into a movie theater with a pizza....
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