As you may have noticed this morning, there are more security patrolling the Metro system this morning in response to the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday. From the L.A. Times:
Metro spokesman Marc Littman said security has been increased at L.A.’s public transit hubs with measures such as bomb-sniffing dogs at many stations, as well as more plainclothes officers and foot patrols.
Littman said there was also increased security on subway lines and in other public transit areas.
Metro is encouraging the public to be vigilant. If you see something, say something. Let Sheriff’s deputies or Metro personnel know of suspicious activity or press the intercom in the train cars or in the Metro Rail stations to alert officials. The sheriff’s hotline for Metro is: 888.950.SAFE (7233).
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck held a news conference this morning to talk about increased security around the area. We’ll have coverage later.
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Agreed with spokker on all points, and pat downs would most certainly hurt ridership because it defeats the purpose of mass transit which is easy access where you just get on and get off without being hassled.
After the death of Bin Laden, it was to be expected.
I hope it ends at more officers and bomb-sniffing dogs. More random bag checks and even pat downs would hurt ridership.
Also, please do not step up enforcement against photography.