- May 24, 2010
I too have asthma and restricted airways so spraying me would probably end very badly, but I'm curious what you would recommend for someone who feels the need to carry protection? I don't consider traveling on Amtrak to be dangerous but I only know how the routes and locations I've personally visited are likely to treat someone who looks and acts like I do. If someone looks, behaves, or travels differently than I do they might experience a different outcome.I have COPD and asthma. Please keep in mind thst if your illegal pepper spray, mace or bear spray were to unintentionally or intentionally be discharged on the train or near me in the station, I will probably die. Literally. No inhaler will be able to counteract it. Rules are there for a reason. I don’t always agree with them, but this one can save lives.
An apparently well kept secret is that homeless people are much more likely to be the victims of violence rather than perpetrators. Learning how to deal with panhandling is a good skill to have but for most encounters it's as simple as looking busy or distracted while being polite but firm without escalation.Correct. Especially walking around big cities. However, Ive been to the new Seattle station a couple of times with some shady looking homeless folks and not a sign of security anywhere. And the incident outside the EMY station a few years ago also comes to mind. All in all I think the stations are pretty safe and incidents are rare. As others state common sense is your best defense.