It strikes me as very interesting that Amtrak should promote a luxury booze train package just a few weeks after an embarrassing case in which it threw a diabetic man off a train at a remote crossing, believing he was drunk.
In fact, Amtrak threw 63 people off its trains because they were drunk and disorderly – or appeared to be – during a 15-month period ending in April 2007, according to a story about Amtrak security in The Salt Lake Tribune.
Part of the problem might be, according to the Tribune piece, almost no security screening as passengers board and not enough employees on the train to deal with disruptions.
It may seem hypocritical for Amtrak to continue throwing drunk passengers off trains while offering a $100 credit toward alcohol purchases to passengers who book a new luxury sleeper car package. But I consider it more of a double standard.
Because I don’t think Amtrak is going to eject wealthy passengers who can afford to pay $800 to pass out in their luxury cabins. But I’ll bet it will continue to throw economy class passengers off the train wherever it is convenient without trying to figure out whether those passengers are drunk, diabetic or mentally ill.