Travel Security Tighter Following Boston Bombings

Apr 16, 2013

Travelers on buses, trains and planes will find stepped up security in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Chief Security Officer for Peter Pan Bus Lines, Norberto Garcia, at the Springfield Bus Terminal
Credit WAMC

Travelers are being advised  to have all luggage tagged with their names and to not leave bags unattended.  They can also expect random security checks in bus and train stations and airports. Christopher Crean, the vice president for public safety and security for Peter Pan Bus Lines, said company employees have been reminded to follow security procedures.

Crean took part in a conference call Tuesday morning with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during which he and other transportation operators were advised of the heightened security.

Armed security officers were patrolling the downtown bus terminal in Springfield on Tuesday as usual, according to Crean.

Crean said the transportation industry has not let its guard down since 9-11.

Several travelers at the Springfield bus terminal admitted they were nervous following the twin bombings in Boston.  Sylvia Oddman was returning home to Boston after visiting New York  .

 Cecil Barone  said she was anxious to get out of New York City and return home to Amherst. She said the heightened security was only somewhat comforting.

   Tainaly Guzman said she makes it a habit to keep an eye on fellow travelers.

An  Amtrak spokesman said security had been beefed up at all stations. Passengers were being warned not to leave their bags unattended and to report to police if they see unattended bags.

Massachusetts State Police said there was tighter security visible at Logan Airport in Boston.

A spokesperson at Bradley International Airport in Hartford declined to comment on security matters.