TSA invading Boston subway system

Old May 29, 14, 8:38 am
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TSA invading Boston subway system

With downtown's Government Center stop and its Dunkin' Donuts closed for repairs, our friendly neighborhood TSAers went looking for the next stop, which turns out to be Haymarket Station (Dunkin' Donuts at the top of the back escalator).

Yup, they're back. On my trip home yesterday, I noticed the two TSAers setting up "The Desk," with four cops there to help out (one for each table leg?). While it's true that some of those fruit vendors on Fridays and Saturdays can get pretty nasty, I'm not sure that calls for six people to defend us from flying tomatoes.

The afternoon commute just got that much better. On the plus side, there is a second entrance to the station that doesn't have space for these clowns. I know which one I'll be using.

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Old May 29, 14, 8:58 am
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are they going to keep rush hour people from boarding....LOTS OF LUCK
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Old May 29, 14, 9:16 am
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And don't forget North Station has an entrance a block away.

The way I look at it, if you're too lazy to seek out ways around warrantless searches by the thugs in blue, you deserve the Constitution spitting being handed to you.

Maybe someone should set up a large screen showing how well the metal detectors and checkpoints at Volvograd's station kept train travelers safe last year.

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Do they ever ask commuters for "Papers, please" in a faux Russian accent? Even in jest?
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Old May 29, 14, 5:56 pm
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why not just have 2 cops do some random searches. I mean they are getting paid the same anyways.


BTW does the Global Entry card get you out of the search? Maybe add a precheck line while they are at it.
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Old May 29, 14, 6:12 pm
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Originally Posted by WillCAD View Post
Do they ever ask commuters for "Papers, please" in a faux Russian accent? Even in jest?
A fake East German accent is better.
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Old May 30, 14, 8:51 am
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two years ago I had watched a WWII movie, I told the Jr TSA that they could us the movie for good ides which got me to a Sr blueshirt, I told him the same thing. next thing you know I had a chat with a suit, he was going to let me go but Sr bluehirt said in effect, he hurt my feeling, I don't want to let him through but the suit overruled him. true story 1-1-2013 PDX
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two years ago I had watched a WWII movie, I told the Jr TSA that they could us the movie for good ides which got me to a Sr blueshirt, I told him the same thing. next thing you know I had a chat with a suit, he was going to let me go but Sr bluehirt said in effect, he hurt my feeling, I don't want to let him through but the suit overruled him. true story 1-1-2013 PDX
Amazing how "hurt feelings" and "disrespect" somehow equate to "security concern"...

"When you disrespect me, you disrespect the Motherland, Comrade! Off to gulag with you!!"
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Old May 30, 14, 2:22 pm
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are they going to keep rush hour people from boarding....LOTS OF LUCK
Just don't look them in the eyes. Kinda like this.

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Old May 30, 14, 2:43 pm
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Just don't look them in the eyes. Kinda like this.

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My demeanor when my nose is about to be rubbed in the Constitution by these people is more like this:

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I welcome the idea of more security in our mass transit systems.

Kinda silly to leave so many gaping holes in this process, but some security is better than none.
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Old May 31, 14, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by OverThereTooMuch View Post
I welcome the idea of more security in our mass transit systems.

Kinda silly to leave so many gaping holes in this process, but some security is better than none.
I'd like to think as much time is being devoted to monitoring tracks, maintenance sheds and the train crew as is devoted to pax. I'm far more concerned about someone causing harm by tampering with tracks or the train itself or taking over the controls of the train. As far as loss of life, I'm much more concerned about someone taking over or otherwise derailing a cargo train with a dangerous cargo than a commuter train.
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Originally Posted by OverThereTooMuch View Post
I welcome the idea of more security in our mass transit systems.

Kinda silly to leave so many gaping holes in this process, but some security is better than none.
I welcome winning the lottery and having an orgy with super models on my luxury yacht. Kind of silly to equate the TSA with more security, Have you ever considered enrolling in a critical thinking study course?
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I welcome the idea of more security in our mass transit systems.
The TSA = For Joke or Novelty Purposes Only. Not to be confused with actual security.

Originally Posted by OverThereTooMuch View Post
Kinda silly to leave so many gaping holes in this process, but some security is better than none.
TSA is a security hole. Some "security" is worse than none. It's like being on fire and running in circles (do something!) instead of stop, drop, and roll.
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Originally Posted by Spiff View Post
The TSA = For Joke or Novelty Purposes Only. Not to be confused with actual security.



TSA is a security hole. Some "security" is worse than none. It's like being on fire and running in circles (do something!) instead of stop, drop, and roll.
You're being generous, I'd liken it more to being on fire and running across a set of logs floating in a tank of gasoline.
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