We don’t want to worry you or anything but we were a little alarmed at the news that the Home Office is considering (yet again) to the introduction of airport-style security screening at major rail stations and across the capital’s tube network. A Home Office briefing note outlines the search for new and emerging technologies that will search for explosives and weapons on people and in bags, but ‘some consideration may be given to CBRN materials’ – that’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear materials for the rest of us. Yikes. The equipment would also need to be able to scan wheelchairs, prosthetics, crutches, pushchairs and bikes. The brief also stresses that screening mustn’t mean that passengers are delayed ‘any more than they are currently as they pass through the station’. Given the whole rigmorole at airports with taking off your shoes and putting your liquids into little plastic bags, we’d love to know if there’s a whizz kid out there who can come up with something better. If that sounds like you, you need to be quick – the initial callout for proposals closes on August 31. Rebecca Taylor
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