In response to this:
Amtrak will start randomly screening passengers' carry-on bags this week in a new security push that includes officers with automatic weapons and bomb-sniffing dogs patrolling platforms and trains.
The initiative, to be announced by the railroad on Tuesday, is a significant shift for Amtrak. Unlike the airlines, it has had relatively little visible increase in security since the 2001 terrorist attacks, a distinction that has enabled it to attract passengers eager to avoid airport hassles.
Atrios said this:
Trains are not planes, and random checks like this are pointless.
I respectfully disagree. These searches may well have a distinct purpose: immigration enforcement. Lately, I have been hearing from clients about immigration searches on trains in upstate
These random checks are far from pointless.
[Cross-posted at Citizen Orange]