Metro began random inspections of passengers' bags and packages this morning, five days after first announcing the checks. The searches are underway at Braddock Road and at least one other Metro station.
'Excuse me ma'am. We are doing random bag searches. It will take about 25 seconds of your time,' a Metro police officer said to a woman with a large handbag entering Braddock road station. At first the woman said 'no' but the officer made clear it was necessary to enter the station. 'I guess I will then' the woman said.
She moved to a nearby table where another officer swiped her bag and put it through a reader. 'Have a wonderful day,' the officer said. 'Happy holidays.'
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
From the Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock blog: