Terrorism on public transit: workers ramp up vigilance
Foiled Via Rail plot serves as a wake-up call to Canada's regional transit companies
A foiled plot to derail a Via Rail train last year has served as a wake-up call to Canada's largest regional transit company that the country's mass transit systems are a vulnerable target for attacks, CBC's The National reports.
The plan to derail a passenger train in the New York-Toronto corridor was a homegrown scheme by two men allegedly backed by al-Qaeda, and it was a game changer for GO Transit.
Macdonald runs a training program for security workers, and has already helped Toronto landmarks like Union Station and the Air Canada Centre operate in a new state of heightened awareness.
He is in big demand and his lesson for his newest GO Transit students is deceptively simple.
'Think like a cop, think like a terrorist'
Students plan everything from how to recruit members, to how to get their hands on explosives to avoiding detection.
When viewed from a different lens, subtle activities on public transit can reveal something a lot more sinister, he says. Thinking like a terrorist will hopefully help security workers spot them more easily.