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New Taipei considers MRT metal detectors

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.

May 30, 2014    richardswinburne@
Are you kidding me? Get a grip people! Other countries have dealt with international terrorism for decades and not had knee jerk reactions like this. London had terror attacks much worse yet the Brits don't insist on metal detectors on the Tube. After one incident you're considering to treat everyone like criminals, and there's no way people will put up with this kind of delay. What about the buses? Malls? Other public places? You think a premeditated attacker won't strike anywhere else that's busy?

It will ruin the MRT and investment in public services and public transport and it cause even more pollution as everyone goes back to riding bikes. And how many people die every year from car or bike accidents? Why don't we ban them as well?

Common sense has been utterly lost.
May 30, 2014    rdobie2003@
Metal detectors might have the unintended effect of enticing more crazies to try to "beat the system" with other ways of creating havoc. Don't forget the metro sarin gas attack in Japan several years ago - you don't need a metal weapon to do damage. Better just to have more security personnel posted throughout the system, both visible and undercover.
May 31, 2014    arthur.kater@
Why not also introduce ID checks at the entrance and a body cavity search for anyone looking suspicious.
May 31, 2014    goodgaijin@
Another knee jerk reaction by politicians who do not even use the MRT. Slowing down the MRT with unnecessary security puts a terror mindset on everyone using it. Being suspicious of every person or persons' movements! Even worse yet, of every foreigner! So much for tourism in Taipei. Imagine the long lines going to and from work. How about "New Years "...

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