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Amtrak police chief to TSA: Stay off our property
Our colleagues over at AOL Travel reported on a really troubling story last week involving the TSA and an involuntary security check at an Amtrak station in Savannah, Georgia.
All passengers getting off a train at that station were forced to have their belongings checked, and some (including kids) underwent a pat-down.
The whole thing stinks - and the TSA of course issued their usual (non) apology. But now someone with some real authority has weighed in - the chief of Amtrak Police has told Trains Magazine that he is outraged.
Police Chief John O'Connor first thought the reports of the TSA checkpoint were a joke - but once he discovered that this "VIPR" (Visible Intermodal Protection and Response) team was performing a real search of all Amtrak passengers, he banned the TSA from all Amtrak property until a formal agreement is drawn up.
Of all the stupid things the TSA has done in the past (and there are a lot of them), stopping and forcing train passengers to undergo a forced checkpoint really is the worst.
[Via: The Wandering Aramean]