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  1. Samir Chopra says:

    This is a real pity. Just last week, I traveled up to Union College for a talk, and was struck (once again) by how much more comfortable a train ride was than a plane trip. And now this. Refusing a bag search on the NYC subway is relatively painless; not so on a Amtrak trip, where one’s destination is much further away, and trains less frequent.

  2. KipEsquire says:

    “In addition to the screening, counterterrorism officers with bomb-sniffing dogs will … walk through trains, and sometimes will ride the trains, officials said.”

    This comes perilously close to constituting a (suspicionless) dog sniff of a person’s body, a uniquely instrusive search that has never been sanctioned by any court, and certainly not by the Supreme Court.

  3. 2005 says:

    Wow. I’m willing to pay extra for Amtrak because I can show up 5 minutes before the train leaves and not have to have rude incompetents rifle through my stuff. I may have to switch to Greyhound if this continues.

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