TSA, get a load of this!

Amtrak Police Officer waits for owner of bags to return from the bathroom

As I waited for the time my train was due to arrive at 30th Street Station this morning i sat along side Dunkin Donuts drinking my morning ice coffee when i was struck with what happened in from of me. A man approached an Amtrak Police officer and asked hit watch over his three suitcases while he went to the bathroom as he did not want to have to go all the way around the building with them or carry them down the stairs. The officer agreed and stood there for 10 minutes with the suitcases as he waited for the man, whom he had never met before, to return.

There are a number of issues I have with this. Firstly he cannot stop the man from leaving without returning for his bags. Regardless of what the luggage contains what is the officer meant to do with these suitcases which are under his possession should the main fail to return. Secondly while he stands here stupidly with these bags in front of Auntie Ann’s making small talk with the lady inside the counter, what other tasks and jobs is he not doing which he is meant to be. (i.e Patrolling, Observing). Lastly, and probably most importantly, WE HAVE NO IDEA WHATS IN THERE. I don't know what this guy was thinking by talking the responsibility of these bags when the TSA has been so stringent on unaccompanied baggage in places like airports and train stations. This officer pretty much invited the man to go against this policy and blatantly walk away from his baggage.

I'm not one of those paranoid people who think anything is a sign of danger but it just worries me when some people are so nonchalant about some things which they might want to be a bit more cautious about for everyone's sake and maybe even their own.