Random Bag Checks Frustrating Some Metro Riders

Metro Riders Advisory Council hears from dozens of angry passengers

Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011  |  Updated 8:00 AM EDT
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Random Bag Checks Frustrating Some Metro Riders

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It's been a month since Metro started conducting random bag searches, and it seems some riders are not happy about it.

So far, Metro says that no one has refused a search and that the feedback has been fairly positive.  But Monday night, dozens of people showed up at a Metro Riders Advisory Council meeting to object to the screenings. 

Some said that unless the officers are checking every person's bag, it's not doing any good.  Another rider said that every time Metro checks an innocent person’s bag, “the terrorists win.”

The random bag checks take place outside the station turnstiles.  Any rider who refuses the inspection is allowed to leave, and cannot bring those items into the station.

Similar bag searches are also taking place in other large cities like Boston and New York.

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