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Security Experiment Due at Union Station

Trains’ Checked Bags to Be Scanned. The federal government will start screening checked bags next week on five trains leaving from Union Station, the first time this airport-style security measure will be used to safeguard trains. Officials at the Transportation Security Administration said the experiment will last a month and is designed to find out whether screening checked bags is a useful way to protect against terrorist attacks on trains. TSA officials said bags would be screened by the same three-dimensional imaging machines that have been used at airports since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The screening will occur from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and will affect only the five train lines that begin at Union Station and allow checked bags: the Carolinian, Silver Star, Capital Limited, Cardinal and Palmetto. Full Story

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