Monday, November 14, 2005

Government plans airline-style security on railways

Sounds completely barmy -- the volumes of passengers on British trains make scanning all travellers completely impractical. Yet the government plans "selective" trials at major stations such as Paddington:

A small number of randomly-chosen passengers will be asked to take part in the tests of the scanning equipment at Paddington station over a four-week period. This will involve them going through an X-ray machine or being searched with a body scanner or sniffer dogs. Luggage could also be put through the scanner.
This leaves smaller stations as the boarding point of choice for bombers, who are then still free to wait until their arrival at major destinations before detonating explosives -- exactly as happened in the Madrid train bombings.

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