Adams floats idea of metal detectors at NYC subway stations
Shannon Longworth: Metal detectors at subway stations. It could soon be the reality for millions of New Yorkers.
Just listen to what Mayor Eric Adams said in televised interviews following the Sunset Park shooting earlier this week.
Mayor Eric Adams | (D) New York: “We have not advanced with technology with cities when it comes to protecting citizens better and I’m open to all technologies.”
Shannon Longworth: Anyone who’s lived in the city will say it’s just not feasible. Metal detectors make you think of TSA screening at the airport. Aaaand probably long lines.
But apparently, that’s not what it’d be like.
To quell concerns, the mayor’s communications director tweeted:
“Just to clarify here, Adams was talking about using innovative technology to keep the subways safe. He was of course not saying we should consider using airport style metal detectors. He’s a frequent rider and obviously knows that’s not practical.”
Adams was reportedly describing a new kind of scanner that the company Evolv has developed. It uses artificial intelligence to figure out what the metallic objects are as they’re passing by.
According to the city, this technology is already being used at other popular sites in the area, like Citi Field.