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Random Pat-Downs Turn PATCO Into Police State

TERESA MASTERSON
NBC Philadelphia [1]
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Twelve Transportation Security Administration [2] screeners, armed with an explosive-sniffing K-9, checked 663 commuter bags randomly selected from the morning rush at the Lindenwold station Tuesday.

“It was chaotic,” Kevin Greczyn [3], an accountant from Magnolia who commutes to Philadelphia daily, told the Courier Post [4]. “Nobody was sure what was happening, whether it was safe to get on the train, or whether we were carrying something we shouldn’t be.”

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The chief says that out of the 6663 bags searched between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., a crack pipe was the only item confiscated.

“We can conduct any kind of search we want,” said McClintock. “We could ask TSA to bring wands or X-ray machines like they have in airports, though we don’t think that’s appropriate for PATCO riders at this time.”

Full story here. [1]