Today, the MTA begins to randomly search through bags. Last night, while eating at a new restaraunt in Greenpoint called, Queen’s Hideout we briefly discussed our new situation and I think I can speak for everyone at the table and say no one cares. We understand. I’m curious to hear what others think, however. Do you care that you might be stopped on a busy subway and searched? Will it ruin your morning? Will you feel violated? The one thing I don’t understand, however, is how this deters a possible terrorist act? Should someone be crazy enough to blow themselves up, aren’t they going to do it regardless of who the MTA and the NYPD are searching? I guess this isn’t quite making sense to me. The way I look at it is should someone want to target Grand Central station and they’re taking the G to the 7 to get there but are stopped in Long Island City instead, won’t they just blow up the smaller station in Long Island City and just chalk it up as a lesser event? I just don’t get it. Someone make sense of this for me.
It seems to me, that instead of spending the money hiring the extra hand to conduct random searches they might first get rid of those black turnstiles you see in many subway stations. Because should anything actually happen here, they would act as human cheese graters as a mass of panicking commuters run for their lives in search of ground-lever daylight.
I’m off to work now. Part of me wonders if I’ll ever be searched. That part of me wants to put the ball gag in my messenger bag.