Sad Sign of the Times – Preparing for an Attack at Union Station


A video about what do to if there is an active shooter/attack now greets Amtrak passengers waiting for their trains in Union Station.


Not to make light but the guy below doesn’t seem too thrilled about offering the option of last resort…:


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  • That’s not new — I saw that video months ago at Union Station.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      I took the amtrak in early November and it wasn’t playing during the hour I waited but I’ll take everyone’s word for it! A couple folks on twitter said it’s been up over a year – sad on a whole new level…

    • yeah ive seen this video for a while. they looped it in philly’s 30 st station a year or two ago when i was there as well

  • Not to make light, but I’d want that bald dude in my car if terrorists were afoot.

  • justinbc

    Glad my parents didn’t see this when I dropped them off on Sunday, they probably would have started panicking.

  • Amtrak has been showing these security theater videos for a long time. They loop endlessly. So rather than possibly learning about points of interest along your train route, or things you might want to see at your destination, guys in riot gear explain that you’re not supposed to pet the bomb-sniffing dogs.

    • I don’t exactly consider these videos security theater–they go through the steps you should take should there be an active shooter. as someone who received this training in high school (12+ years ago) and someone who has been in an active shooter situation, I was shocked by the number of people who were not familiar with the steps. I’d rather have the people around me informed about what they should do in that scenario, rather than see that the world’s largest cheese display, or some other nonsense, is just 2 minutes away from the xyz station on my route.

    • But the segment on bomb sniffing dogs has adorable puppy footage! That’s always the highlight of waiting on the stupid line for the NYC-bound train.

  • Well timed in a dark way – active shooter situation underway in California at the moment.

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