Chicago police plan to begin randomly testing bags of CTA rail riders for explosives starting Nov. 3.
Up to six Chicago police officers will set up outside the turnstiles at select Chicago rail stations – usually downtown – and ask riders to submit to a screening. Police will swab the exterior of the bag with a cloth. The cloth will then be inserted into a machine that detects explosive compounds. The entire process shouldn’t take more than a minute.
Any passenger who refuses will be refused entrance and could be subject to arrest.(Under what charge I am not sure.)
Police in a number of U.S. cities are already screening passengers, including body searches.
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