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Random bag checks start at DC-area Metro stations
By BRETT ZONGKER
The Associated Press
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Washington area’s Metro transit system is randomly checking passenger bags for explosives and other dangers for the first time, following similar efforts in New York and Boston.
Screeners swabbed some riders’ bags and inspected them in at least two Metro train stations early Tuesday, in Maryland and Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital. The checks took less than one minute each.
Metro Transit Police Department Chief Michael Taborn said the idea has been in the works for years and is not a response to any particular threat. Two men have been arrested this year in separate cases of alleged bomb plots against the system.