The NYPD and TSA do bag inspections at certain train stations. Since it isn't all train stations even an idiot terrorist, and most of them aren't rocket scientists, can figure out that just walking a couple blocks will get them to a station that doesn't have a police presence. In short bag inspections are next to useless.
I wouldn't be bragging about NYC.
You all gave up all of your rights happily to Bloomie years ago.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety - B. Franklin
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength - Henry Ward Beecher
Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way - Rooster Cogburn
I've been paranoid in shoulder to shoulder crowds for a while now. Mostly because certain Americans think we should be "free" to do what most people know are risky. Certain people are trying to take "freedom" to an Anarchist level.
Well, after someone used them in a high profile bombing, I dare say they will not go unnoticed. Having lived in a big city I can say I have seen people carry so many odd assortments of things in public, on the subway, etc, that it all becomes not out of place.
We could issue licenses for backpacks. You must present ID, have a criminal background check and pay a modest fee, like $35.00 and you would get a permit with an ID number that you could sew onto the pack. At public events, scanners could verify that the pack and the pack registered owner match up. Basically a modified license plate scanner paired with facial recognition software.
The bonus is nobody will steal your backpack if you leave it on the ground somewhere. The backpack data can be linked to the missing persons registry and aid in locating the missing you.
Backpacks have far greater use than just for hiking.
They are made for carrying things.
Whether that be to a sporting event or to take a persons shopping home, or shoes and clothing to work, they serve a far greater purpose than for just hiking.
Searching a persons personal property is not common sense, but a violation.
How oh how did my generation ever get along without backpacks?
Nobody was carrying the backpacks in question when the bombs exploded. So I guess we can rule out that it wasn't a suicide bomber or a backwoods backpacker from Idaho. Btw, aren't suicide attacks one of Al-Qaeda's trademarks? If so, then it probably wasn't Al Qaeda.
Anyway, the news has been reporting that one of the backpacks sat there in plain view for over an hour before it went off (see photo).
However, that backpack doesn't look very black like the one they're now showing torn to pieces.....
Was the news jumping to conclusions.....again? Kinda looks like it.
The fact that no one noticed unattended backpack(s) suggests that Sen. Mitch McConnell was right, American's have become complacent.
Security has become complacent on backpacks as the quote in the OP points out. Hard to tell by your post what your opinion is on backpacks.
My home away from home is Disney World. Post 9/11/01 they stop every guest and search their bags, usually ladies who carry handbags. It's an annoyance and IMHO an intrusive invasion of privacy but I understand people are just doing their jobs. Recently I asked a bag searcher in the years they've been digging through people's bags have he'd ever found anything dangerous. He smiled and shook his head no.
I realize the world isn't as safe a place as we'd like but in my humble opinion there are a lot more effective things we can and should do to promote safety than banning backpacks, searching handbags and fondling children and little old ladies and airports.
Maybe they never found anything because people know the backpacks will be searched.