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July 22nd, 2004
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From The Boston Globe:
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority this morning became the first transit system in the country to screen passengers for explosives, as teams of MBTA officers stopped every 11th Boston-bound commuter at rail stations in Holbrook and Salem and tested handbags, briefcases and backpacks with a bomb-sensing machine.

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Through the weekend, teams of officers will fan out to subway and train stations, as well as bus stops and ferry terminals and stop people on a random basis, Carter said. The policy will be stepped up on Monday, the first day of the convention, when every passenger with any type of carry-on item will be searched at certain locations, he said.

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The policy will be officially announced this afternoon at an as-yet-unnamed station in Boston.

Um, wasn't the policy already officially announced? Of course, the second paragraph I quoted seems to imply something a bit more widespread than was previously announced.

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From:bitty
Date:July 22nd, 2004 10:18 am (UTC)

*nods wisely*

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That's why I pay lots of rent to live in the city.
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From:hrafn
Date:July 22nd, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
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Maybe the policy they already announced has since been changed. Or maybe the official announcement will be about the "every 11th person" bit, since the exact details weren't made clear previously.

Love the quote at the end of the article:

" . . . And if they miss one bag -- that could be the bag."

Moron. They're ALREADY - and DELIBERATELY - missing more than 90% of the fucking bags.
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From:prog
Date:July 22nd, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
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Haha. If the pattern is stable and known to the people funneling through the gate, one could play a game of RL "Guillotine". Trip! Move forward two places in line. Twist of fate! Everyone switch bags.
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From:queue
Date:July 22nd, 2004 10:53 am (UTC)
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*cackle*

And, of course, I'm sure terrorists can't count, so we're all safe.
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From:bitty
Date:July 22nd, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC)
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don't terrorists use the metric system? or are they still with arabic numerals?
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From:hrafn
Date:July 22nd, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
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No reason you can't use Arabic numberals AND metric.
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From:prog
Date:July 22nd, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
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Actually this could turn into sort of a kickass board game of its own right.

Hmm... PATENT PENDING PATENT PENDING PATENT PENDING.
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From:queue
Date:July 22nd, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)
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You'd have to find the right balance between annoyance and safety. Make it too hard for the terrorists and no one will ride. Make it too easy for the terrorists and everything goes kaboom.
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