I just watched armed police officers remove a visitor from the train for taking pictures.
Episcopal CafÃ© – The train is a half hour west of New Haven when the conductor, having finished her original rounds, reappears. She moves down the aisle, looks, stops between our seats, faces the person taking pictures. ”œSir, in the interest of national security, we do not allow pictures to be taken of or from this train.” He starts, ”œI…….” but, without English, his response trails off into silence. The conductor, speaking louder, forcefully: ”œSir, I will confiscate that camera if you don’t put it away.” Again, little response. ”œSir, this is a security matter! We cannot allow pictures.” She turns away abruptly and, as she moves down the aisle, calls over her shoulder, in a very loud voice, ”œPut. It. Away!” He packs his camera.
Within a minute after our arrival in New Haven, two armed police officers entered the car, approached my neighbor’s seat. ”œSir, we’re removing you from this train.” ”œI….;” ”œI……” ”œSir, you have breached security regulations. We must remove you from this train.” ”œI…,” ”œI…..” ”œSir, we are not going to delay this train because of you. You will get off, or we will remove you physically.” ”œI…..” …..