Security Beefed Up At 30th Street Station

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, authorities have tightened security at transit hubs across the country, including here at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.

There’s no specific threat, but authorities say they are stepping up patrols, like here at 30th Street station, where people are being asked to be more aware and more alert.

Teresa Williams, heading to Delaware, says she’s listening, “We’re paying attention. We are paying attention. I believe personally that they are planning something. That there will be some retaliation for the death of Osama bin Laden.”

And while some travelers say they wouldn’t be surprised if there was retaliation by terrorists for bin Laden’s death, they say they’re not letting it ruin their plans, “No more worried than usual, definitely you should be alert, but I don’t think there’s any cause to be afraid, I mean you should get along with your daily routine.”

“I feel comfortable in Homeland Security and how they’ve handled things, and I’ve gotten used to handling your baggage and keeping everything close to you,” another passenger says.

And that’s generally the message from authorities, no need to be afraid, but be alert.  Again, no specific threats, but Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey says they’re working with the FBI and homeland security, and transit officials to maintain security.

Reported by Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • TeaPartyOneThirty

    Could not agree more with LJ3. What a waste!! DC, New York, LA, okay beef up the patrols, but Philly?? Come on, what in the world? John Street did this years ago and I thought he was foolishly wasting time and tax money as well. It’s equal to beefing up security in Baltimore or something, yeah it’s a city but aagh, whatever.

  • Ben Franklin

    Only some of the most historical buildings and locations in the founding of the country Lonny.

  • Lonny James III

    OMG. Why? Philadelphia does some of the dumbest reactionary things of any city I’ve ever seen. No one is ever going after Philadelphia, just take a look around. There’s nothing. It’s one step away from becoming Camden.

    • History is fun

      Lonny, I’m going out on a limb here but you didn’t do very well in history class did you? Philadelphia was the first capital of the United States and the history of the city alone makes it a target. I suggest you do your home work before you make a statement that makes you sound uneducated. BTW it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

      • Lonny James III

        @History is Fun. I agree, Philadelphia played a significant role in “history”.

        Today Philadelphia is filled with corrupt cops, criminals, idiot political figures, filthy neighborhoods, grafitti, trash, a horrible parking authority, dirty restaurants, drugs, theft, junkies, pollution, a losing football franchise, gangs, thugs, mafia, and some of the worst liberals in the nation.

        Add to that Kensington, North Philly, Upper Darby, Darby Borough and South Street. Tell me again mister history genius, what exactly are you wanting to protect? The liberty bell? Gimme a break.

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