In an effort to make rail travel as annoying as air travel, Amtrak had passengers from Washington to New York form a giant queue by keeping the entry to the departure track for the 12:25 closed until about 12:05. At that point they opened it and began laboriously checking tickets and IDs before allowing passengers to enter that boarding area. I puzzled over how in the world they would process all of us in twenty minutes.
Well, for about ten or twelve minutes they slowly plodded along like that, handling perhaps a quarter of the line... and then they simply let everyone else rush onto the train!
Sometimes I begin to suspect that the most paranoid among us are correct, and we simply are being trained to follow orders however stupid they are.