Metal Detectors Might Be Coming To The New York City Subway System

Your days of being able to simply hop on a train in New York City may be numbered.

According to Gothamist, the New York Police Department’s Transit Division has started to deploy metal detectors at some NYC subway stations. The devices have mainly hit larger stations and transit hubs, including the 42nd Street and Times Square stations.

These metal detectors are supposedly less invasive than airport models – you don’t usually have to remove items from your bags or pockets – but they are undoubtedly less efficient than simply swiping a card at a subway gate. The screenings are also random, which mean that you won’t know whether you’ll be delayed until you get to the subway gate.

In the wake of an attempted suicide bombing at Times Square station in 2017, the NYPD is trying to make traveling through the city safer for everyone. However, commuters are already asking for security measures that won’t cause delays in what is already one of the most congested subway systems in America.