Amtrak and commuter rail passengers at New Carrollton, Md., near Washington, D.C., must walk through an explosives detection machine and have their bags screened in a new security experiment by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Passengers walked through a “puffer” machine that sucks in the air around them and determines if they’ve been in contact with explosives.
Jack Riley of the Rand Corp. said harried commuters probably won’t like being screened. “Anything that lengthens their rail experience is just going to meet with resistance,” he said.
The 30-day test includes a baggage screening machine used in overseas airports.