In the wake of the London bombings, people using the NYC subways are now subject to random bag checks. This is stupid and useless—the appearance of security, not the real thing—but it could be worse.
Some days ago, Patrick observed a couple of NYPD officers in our subway station. One had a little handheld counting-clicker. Day before yesterday, I observed the same thing, so I stopped and asked the officers about it. They confirmed my suspicion: the NYPD is making an effort to make the bag checks genuinely random.
Granted, it’s not perfect. There are holes. And in a sufficiently busy station, it would still be possible to do racial profiling. But someone in the NYPD understands why non-random random checks are a problem.