Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TSA Screens Train Passengers After Getting Off Train

I hope that we can just chalk this one up to a "mistake." Passengers arriving on an Amtrak train in Savannah, Georgia on February 13 were screened by TSA agents after they got off the train.

One passenger described things this way: "There were about 14 agents pulling people inside the building and corraling everyone in a roped area after you got off the train. This made no sense! Poor family in front of us! Nine-year old getting patted down and wanded. They groped our people too and were very unprofessional. I am all about security, but when have you ever been harassed and felt up getting off a plane? Shouldn’t they be doing that getting on? And they wonder why so many people are mad at them."

This search was conducted under TSA's VIPR program, which also includes screening of passengers boarding buses. VIPR stands for Visual Intermodal Protection and Response. Yes, you might be patted down and searched before getting on a Greyhound bus.

The screening was as thorough as pre-airline boarding screenings, as you can see in the video below, and included emptying passengers' bags and frisking passengers.

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