As posted by both the New York Times and Newsday this afternoon, the New York Police Department has announced it will begin searching bags at random at subway, railway, and bus terminals. This searching is to begin tomorrow morning.
As a rider of Metro-North coming into Grand Central Station, I will be looking out tomorrow to see if there indeed is a greater police presence for my line, but I would gather the NYPD will focus on the subways and buses. But are terrorists thinking the same thing?
The chatter I've heard around my Manhattan office is whether or not this will be a violation of an individual's rights for the police to conduct at random, or if they are following suspicions. I think this is a step in the right direction, but I can only imagine that there will be accusation of racial profiling, which is unfortunate. Alas, so is all of this terrorist activity towards civilians. But that's the way of the world.