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10559Re: Unattended baggage

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  • b_michael_berger
    Nov 9, 2004
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      Your 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
      doesn't happen.

      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"
      <riverlinejoe@h...> wrote:
      > I am going to gripe and have included the FJ&G and D&H lists to
      give you all
      > a sense of what STUPID people we have riding Metro North.
      > Tonight I arrived at track 35 in GCT to take the 7:18 pm Hudson
      line train
      > north. My ride is about 70 minutes so getting a "good" seat is
      > Tonight I arrived at 6:52 (actually I missed the 6:48) so I took
      > of my early arrival to get a "good" seat
      > As I plopped down I noted there was an unattended bag in the seat
      right in
      > front of me. Call me paranoid but I looked about to see if anyone
      > 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
      I saw
      > and told him about the bag. He went down and looked, came back up
      > platform and announced that it was in fact an unattended bag. Six
      > have now passed and I am getting a little anxious. Its also getting
      > to train time (remembert my good seat?). The mechanical guy summons
      MNPD who
      > arrives only to discover that there is indeed an unattended bag and
      > wanting to know what all the commotion is about, the owner of the
      bag who
      > was all the while standing on the platform being chatty with a
      > announces that it his bag.
      > There was some dialog with the Metro North cops who I gather
      questioned the
      > guy. He did not like this at all and when he got on the train
      referred to
      > the cops as idiots. I wanted to tell him I thought he was an idiot
      but I did
      > not.
      > I do not think stupidity should be illegal necessarily but there
      were at
      > least two other people on the train who got a little upset upon
      > the unattended bag. I think Metro North should take a tougher
      stance with
      > people who do this. The alternative of course could be that the
      next time
      > they should make the guy fill out a form which makes him miss the
      > Something along the order of writing " I will not leave unattended
      > on Metro North trains" 100 times.........
      > Am I being too reactionary?
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