Passenger trains and buses have been blessedly free of the kind of security screening that turns modern airline travel into a time-consuming ordeal.
You buy your ticket and get on the train (or bus). That's it.
But in the wake of last month's abortive rail-terror plot, Via Rail now says it's thinking about asking all passengers for identification, something it now does only occasionally as they board.
“We only check ID when necessary,” Marc Beaulieu, Via's regional general manager for eastern Canada told the Commons public safety committee Thursday, The Canadian Press reported. “In other words, [we check] if we have a doubt as to the transaction that is going on. We do not, as a rule, ask all of our customers for ID.”
The idea follows the arrest last month of two men who RCMP allege were plotting to mount an unspecified terrorist attack on a Toronto-New York passenger train with guidance from al-Qaida in Iran. Raed Jaser of Toronto and Chilheb Essghaier of Montreal face charges and theRead More »from Via Rail mulls ID checks in wake of abortive terror plot