posted on Jul, 21 2012 @ 12:52 PM
I drove my daughter to El Paso the other day, to put her on an Amtrak train back home. We got there OK, using the Tom-Tom (useful in town, not so
much over-the-road), which we only switched on at the outskirts of town. The train station is from like, 1903, a very handsome building. The parking
was crowded, but free. We went up the steps into the building with a smile from one of the staff. We took a seat and waited. With the train about
to arrive, we lined up with other hopeful passengers with our collective luggage. The train arrived, and we all walked out to the platform, our
luggage in tow. Doors opened, people and luggage got off, we got on. I helped my daughter stow her big black bag, and got off. The conductor was
only concerned that we knew we should not expect her to help with the luggage.
I took photos of the whole process, entered the train, left, hung around the platform until the train left, and all without being challenged or asked
for ID. It seemed so natural, and ordinary, I did not even think about it until later. How unlike the hassles at the El Paso airport!
Bus stations are the same - no security checks, no TSA. What's up with that??