New Taipei considers MRT metal detectors
By Chi-hao James Lo ,The China Post
May 30, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The New Taipei City Government yesterday stated that metal detectors are being considered for MRT stations in light of the stabbing incident and a situation that resulted from public misunderstanding of an autistic man.
The misunderstanding, which occurred on Wednesday, led to multiple minor injuries as passengers mistook the autistic individual for a potential copycat of MRT stabbing assailant Cheng Chieh (鄭捷).
The incident was later proven to be the result of miscommunication. Several individuals were reported to have been injured while trying to escape the panic.
Records show that suggestions for security improvements from the general public soared after the stabbing incident. Suggestions to the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) include the addition of metal detectors, X-Ray imaging machines and police batons.
A representative of the city government has stated that metal detectors are currently being considered as a possible future installation.
Security upgrades have been requested of the TRTC, said a city government representative, including alarm and security camera upgrades as well as enhancing the crisis alertness of MRT employees.
Police Arrest Autistic Man after Public Panic
Police arrested an autistic man whom passengers accused of being a potential copycat assailant on Wednesday. However, the arrest was later proven to be a mistake and the autistic man, last name Chang, had no intention of hurting anyone
Chang had allegedly bumped into a fellow passenger while riding the MRT. After being questioned as to why he "hit" the passenger, Chang was said to have had difficulty explaining himself, prompting passengers to conclude that Chang posed a danger. Passengers are reported to have picked up fire extinguishers for self-defense, while others were reported to have hurt themselves while escaping.