This is the feel good law of the year. You read the list of infractions and think, wow, all these bad things that happen on transit are going to end! Nobody will ever bother me with their rap music again!
Nothing will change, security will become more draconian, and security will have greater tools to harass rail nerds who like to photograph trains. Best part is that it will do nothing to protect us from the evil doers.
Post by James Fujita on Apr 19, 2010 1:33:34 GMT -8
um... I don't see anything in the bill about photography.
what I do see is a prohibition against firearms on trains, which makes so much sense I'm surprised it isn't already law.
I also see a bunch of other actions which I suspect are already discouraged, but now will be officially prohibited.
enforcement is always the hardest part of any law, but I still think it's better to have a law than not. that way, if somebody is causing a disturbance, there's something written down which has the force of law, and not just against MTA rules....
as a side note, I've taken cameras onto buses, trains, light rail, subways and airplanes and I've always had sense enough to be courteous, to stay out of people's way, to be safe, to be quiet and I've never been bothered or confronted by police or security officers. I don't see this bill changing that in any way...