Singapore MRT vs Bangkok MRT Security Measures
Travelling on our usually packed MRT these days, the unthinkable has often crossed my minds, and i have no doubt others’ as well. I’m talking about security on our trains which at present doesn’t inspire confidence.
Transport systems, trains and buses in particular, are soft targets as borne out by the terrorist strikes in Spain and London.
Singaporeans may be interested to know what other countries are doing to ensure safety for their commuters.
Let’s start off with Bangkok.
In Bangkok subway I had first to pass through a metal detector. A security officer then asked me to open my backpack for inspection.
Whether you’re a Thai or foreigner, everyone had to go through the same process. Women even had to open their handbags. No one was exempted.
At the turnstiles, another security officer stands guard.
When I returned late at night, the number of passengers had dwindled but I had to go through the same process all over again.
I didn’t hear a word of protest from passengers. I think everyone knew it was for their own good despite the inconvenience. Even when a man, a local from his looks, held up the queue, as he struggled to open his huge suitcase. But again no one demurred.
In the next post I’ll talk about Japan’s security measures on their commuter trains.
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