From decade to decade, more attention is paid to safety in public means of transport. However, terrorists and “investors” with banned items still try their luck … once with success and once with (fortunately) complete failure. More scanners that will be delivered to the Los Angeles subway will soon contribute to it.
However, these will not be ordinary scanners, but something innovative. There are no huge beeping gates from airports or hand-held metal detectors at stake, but equipment that is able to x-ray a person from a long distance and reveal the things that he transports. Everything will be non-invasive, because the scanners will be placed in front of the entrances in metro stations. They are supposedly made to detect weapons of any kind from a full 30 feet.
They are said to be able to scan and process up to 2,000 passengers in an hour, but thankfully ignore those carrying everyday items in their pockets. We are talking about small multitools or pocket knives. This should reassure Los Angeles residents as they will encounter more and more of these devices at subway stations over the coming months. It will probably take a while to deploy them to each station, but what is it not doing for security?