Based on Amtrak allegedly wanting to know if certain people have previously been passengers, it sounds to me like they’re preparing a request for security funding and are looking for hard data that will justify larger expenditures based on protecting us from the “dangerous guy” who took a trip last year. I would be in favor of more K-9’s working the trains and stations, but scrutinizing our social media accounts is intrusive. Amtrak should focus on employees being less surly and more attentive, which would enable them to pick up on people with ill intent more than they do now. A few years ago I learned that the guy I was sharing a table with to get some work done was a plainclothes Amtrak detective. Any increased sense of safety reversed itself pretty quickly as he started chatting me up and throwing out not-so-subtle hints about the two of us getting together, in between excusing himself to stand on the platform at each station stop and then return his focus to me. I’m not even close to being a “sweet young thing” at this stage of life and it was unnerving rather than flattering. I was relieved to get to my stop, when usually I would have been disappointed that the trip was over. More security would be good, but pre-screening passengers is unnecessary if the explosives and drug detection aspects of security were used more widely and if guys like this player who, thankfully, was retiring soon, took their jobs more seriously. Increased security at and around the stations 24/7, even if that’s just the addition of very visible closed-circuit, monitored cameras, would also go a long way towards preventing crimes of opportunity.