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Letter: Increase security for all on Amtrak

This file photo taken on May 13, 2015,

This file photo taken on May 13, 2015, shows a monitor displaying cancelled trains at Union Station in Washington, D.C. An Amtrak train, the Palmetto train 89 operating from New York City to Savannah, Georgia, struck a backhoe that was on the tracks near Philadelphia on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Amtrak said all service between New York City and Philadelphia has been suspended. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mandel Ngan

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s plan to “cross-check” rail and transit workers with the national terror watch list is not only urgently necessary, it is long overdue [“Cross-checks wanted,” News, Dec. 12].

This measure should have been put in place years ago. Schumer stated, “With terror threats on the rise, a transit terror cross check here in the nation’s transit epicenter could be the next lifesaver.”

I recently rode Amtrak from Penn Station to Pittsburgh. I purchased my ticket online and printed it out. When it was time to board, my ticket was scanned by a conductor, and I was on my way. There was no photo ID required, nor was my bag checked. This is scary. Checking passengers is just as important as checking the employees.

Everyone who travels whether it be by planes or trains needs to have a security check. Their luggage and carry-ons should be checked also.

Delores Plunkett, Sayville

 

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