All I can say is: I hope the CTA doesn’t impose the same restrictions on passengers as the Metra will be doing May 19 through 21.
From the Tribune story:
Riders on all Metra lines will be subject to screening and baggage checks, with more extensive screening on Electric District trains, which run under McCormick Place where the summit is being held. Metra Electric riders should arrive at stations at least 15 minutes before departure to allow for the extra screening.
During the three days of the summit, all Metra riders will be allowed to carry only one bag and it cannot exceed 15 inches square and 4 inches deep.
Riders will not be able to carry boxes, parcels, luggage, backpacks and bicycles. And liquid and food will be prohibited on all trains.
Also prohibited will be tools, including pipes and stakes, as well as pocket knives and pepper spray.
All law enforcement personnel must identify themselves and present their credentials and any weapons to Metra. Security guards will not be allowed to carry weapons.
Metra said it believes the measures are reasonable, given the security concerns. “We’ve tried to be sensitive to our customers” Metra CEO Alex Clifford said at a board meeting today.
Reasonable? Maybe in China.