10559Re: Unattended baggage
- Nov 9, 2004Your reaction was OK as was the official response. I'm sure the
other traveler never thought he might be causing a problem when he
left the bag.
Consider the millions of travelers and millions of bags, and that
there's NEVER been an incident in the US such as occurred in Spain.
As a group we (Americans) appear to be totally paranoid about
security regardless of the fact that there's a very small threat. We
willingly suffer amazingly huge inconveniences at airports, public
buildings, sports events and so forth being sreened and wanded, but
never seem to notice how easy it is to get on the tarmac of any
airport, onto virtually any rail line (surface or below ground,
including the tracks, tunnels, and so forth), into almost any
building through the unguarded service entrances, and so forth. The
opportunities for mischief are so numerous one must wonder why it
I'm in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. DC's Metrorail
system carries over 190 million people a year. Can you imagine trying
to screen them?
Probably the best thing we have going for us is that the "bad guys"
are really afraid of our ability and willingness to retaliate if they
try another 9-11 ("don't wake the sleeping tiger"). Let's hope they
stay that way.
--- In FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com, "joseph Klapkowski"
> I am going to gripe and have included the FJ&G and D&H lists togive you all
> a sense of what STUPID people we have riding Metro North.line train
> Tonight I arrived at track 35 in GCT to take the 7:18 pm Hudson
> north. My ride is about 70 minutes so getting a "good" seat iscrucial.
> Tonight I arrived at 6:52 (actually I missed the 6:48) so I tookadvantage
> of my early arrival to get a "good" seatright in
> As I plopped down I noted there was an unattended bag in the seat
> front of me. Call me paranoid but I looked about to see if anyonewas
> walking around the train. I went so far as to check the bathroom.No dice.
> I got off the train and went to the first mechanical department guy
> and told him about the bag. He went down and looked, came back upte
> platform and announced that it was in fact an unattended bag. Sixminutes
> have now passed and I am getting a little anxious. Its also gettingcloser
> to train time (remembert my good seat?). The mechanical guy summonsMNPD who
> arrives only to discover that there is indeed an unattended bag andthen,
> wanting to know what all the commotion is about, the owner of thebag who
> was all the while standing on the platform being chatty with afriend,
> announces that it his bag.questioned the
> There was some dialog with the Metro North cops who I gather
> guy. He did not like this at all and when he got on the trainreferred to
> the cops as idiots. I wanted to tell him I thought he was an idiotbut I did
> not.were at
> I do not think stupidity should be illegal necessarily but there
> least two other people on the train who got a little upset upondiscovering
> the unattended bag. I think Metro North should take a tougherstance with
> people who do this. The alternative of course could be that thenext time
> they should make the guy fill out a form which makes him miss thetrain.
> Something along the order of writing " I will not leave unattendedluggage
> on Metro North trains" 100 times.........
> Am I being too reactionary?
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