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MBTA press release on searches

From today's press release:
Under the new Security Screening Program, all persons choosing to use MBTA services will be subject to inspection of his/her handbags, briefcases, and/or other carry-on items. The brief baggage checks will involve the use of electronic equipment, explosive detection K-9s, and/or visual inspections.
"Choosing"? I suppose I am choosing the MBTA over walking, taking a cab, or riding my bike to downtown Boston. But, really, the MBTA is the only efficient way I, and a lot of other people, can get to work every day. I like how they're subtly trying to make you aware that you are choosing to use this, so that you can't complain about any security measures they choose to use.

Any person who does not wish to participate in the screening process will not be permitted to enter the transit system. It's also important that customers be aware of minor delays that may result due to these security measures. To keep the MBTA’s security plans as effective as possible, the times and locations of screening checkpoints will not be announced in advance.
I wonder how long someone who "does not wish to participate in the screening process" will be banned from entering. If they really are just randomly selecting people (such as every 10th person, as was mentioned as an example in one article), what's to stop you from just leaving for a minute and then coming back? Chances are you won't be selected twice. Or you can just enter at another point where they are not doing security checks. This is especially easy downtown and other places where the stops are very close together.

And I'm stating right now that I'm planning on posting here about where security screenings are when I hear about them. If you see one going on, I'd appreciate it if you let me know as soon as possible, or at least note the time and location and tell me later. If it's easy enough for me to find out about these security checks and warn people, you can bet it's even easier for someone who would actually want to cause harm to the MBTA.

"The public's patience and cooperation during the Security Screening Program will be greatly appreciated," said Mulhern. "After the convention, law enforcement and transportation officials will meet to discuss public safety policies, and chart a course for the future."
In case anyone doubted, yes, this really is about the convention. But does anyone really think they're going to back away from this "security" once they have it in place?
Tags: mbta, security
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