The Administration has nicknamed the teams, which randomly screen passengers' bags using chemical swabs, "VIPR"s (pronounced viper): Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response.
Subway baggage checks have been routinely conducted by the NYPD since 2005 following the London subway bombings.
TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis would not say how long the Administration expects the program to last, except that mass transit riders should anticipate a TSA presence underground "for the foreseeable future."
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