TSA: Coming to a Train Station Near You?

Posted: Apr 21, 2011 12:10 PM
Apparently, the TSA is partnering with local law enforcement to inspect different transportation outlets "during major events or as a random deterrent," according to this article from news station WTPV in West Palm Beach:

"Hoping to keep terrorists and others off-guard Transportation Security Administration conducted what it calls a random "Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Operation" on Thursday morning at the West Palm Beach Tri-Rail station."

The article did not mention specifically what the operation involved, although I'm assuming this did not include patdowns.

But I thought the beauty of using rail as a form of transportation was avoiding TSA procedures, as The Hill remembers Obama saying in his State of the Union address this year: "Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car," he said. "For some trips, it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down."