Which cities are getting metal detectors?
There’s a good chance that many cities are already getting metal detector detectors.
A report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Medical Association shows that the number of metro areas with metal detectors increased in the first half of 2018, rising to 5.2 million, a more than 30 percent increase from the same time last year.
The report, which includes metro areas that had no metal detectors in the past, also found that metal detectors were deployed in 21 percent of the cities studied, up from 15 percent in 2018.
The percentage of people in a metropolitan area who have been denied entry has also been rising since last year, according to the report.
Metropolitan areas that saw metal detectors:Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West VirginiaThe Washington, D.C., area saw the most rapid increase in metal detector usage, with about 15 percent of residents reporting that they were denied entry at least once in 2018, according a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The rise in the number, as well as the rise in reporting of metal detector violations, are in line with a national trend that has seen a decline in the use of metal detectors and increased use of public transit.
But a recent Pew Research Center survey found that in the U.S., nearly two-thirds of people who said they had been denied access to public transportation did not have a valid reason for the delay.