Attention Citizens! Cooperate with Terror Ferry searches!
- Published Tuesday, August 23, 2005, by KRON TV Channel 4
Larkspur Ferry Passengers to Face Searches
The Transportation Security Administration is planning to start
searching passengers boarding the San Francisco to Larkspur ferry.
The TSA and the U.S. Coast Guard will formally announce the new
program next week. KRON 4's Vic Lee has learned that the searches
will be modeled after the security now in effect in airport terminals.
In the days following last month's London bombings, a heightened state
of alert extended to ferries. Coast Guard vessels escorted some of
the ferries while officers boarded other boats and searched the bags
The TSA has long been worried about the threat to both passenger and
car ferries. It would take only a fraction of a second for an
explosion to rip open a hole below the waterline of a ferry carrying
hundreds of passengers.
There is no indication as to why federal officials chose the Larkspur
ferry for a pilot program that could eventually extend nationwide.
Ferry passengers at the Larkspur terminal will be given what is called
a document at the entrance, which can capture traces of explosives
from the tough of their hands. The document is passed through a
screening device to see if there is a positive reading. The TSA says
it should only take a few moments with little inconvenience to