Metro announced today that it will start randomly searching the carry-on items of passengers.
The move is part of the agency’s increased efforts to protect passengers and employees.
“The program will increase visible methods of protecting our passengers and employees, while minimizing inconvenience to riders,” said Metro Police Chief Michael Taborn.
The inspections will be performed using special technology as well as K-9 units trained to detect explosive materials.
Generally, bags will not be opened and physically inspected unless the agency’s equipment indicates a need for that.
Any passenger who refuses to allow their carry-on item to be search will be prohibited from bringing that package into the station.
The inspections will start at any time, according to a Metro spokesperson.