- CTA train riders will be subject to random baggage screening next month as a part of a new security initiative to sweep for explosives at transit stations, Chicago police and CTA officials announced Friday morning.
Starting Nov. 3, mobile explosives screening teams consisting of up to six Chicago police officers will be positioned outside the turnstiles at some transit stations, said Nancy Lipman, commander of the department’s Public Transportation Section.
Officers will ask passengers at random to submit to a screening.
“If the customer is willing to take part in the screening, the outside bag he or she is carrying will be swabbed with a small cloth,” Lipman told reporters. “The cloth is then inserted into a machine that detects the presence of explosive compounds.”
If passengers decline to participate in the screening, they will be denied entry and could be arrested under the officer’s discretion, authorities said.
A couple of questions - and this isn't us being smart-asses - this is us seeking info:
- Someone tests positive - now what?
- Someone refuses - that isn't probable cause or even reasonable suspicion - now what?
- Someone refuses, isn't identified, isn't Contact Carded, exits and goes up half a block to another entrance - now what?
We realize this is brand new and maybe there are processes in place for one or more of these eventualities, but with TOSPOT Special starting up again in a few days, it'd be nice to have some hint that these and other situations not mentioned are being addressed.