MRT checks: How far should security screenings go?

The MRT has started a trial where commuters walk through metal detectors and put their bags through X-ray scanners. Are such enhanced security measures on public transport systems necessary or effective?

Given the perceived frequency of security scares the MRT has had - from white powder on a station floor and unattended bags to depot break-ins and a thwarted Jemaah Islamiah assault - it is understandable that the authorities are raising security levels in the rail network.

Against a backdrop of bomb attacks in cities such as Moscow, Madrid, London and Kunming, the impetus to act becomes stronger.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2018, with the headline 'MRT checks: How far should security screenings go?'. Print Edition | Subscribe