VIDEO: New NFL "All Clear Bag" policy predictably causes logistical disasters at games
Purses are not allowed. Backpacks and duffle bags are not allowed. In this post-Boston Marathon bombing NFL season, only clear plastic bags and large freezer bags are allowed for carrying items into the stadium. This is now strict policy at all 32 NFL stadiums.
Thursday night's debut of the new NFL All Clear Bag policy policy did not go particularly well. As we see in some fan videos shot with smartphones, this new policy is adding lost stuff and multiple hours of waiting in line for many attending NFL games. Hey, at least they're adding something to the game-day experience!
An extremely funny lady-blogger in Cleveland laid out her complaints with the new NFL bag policy and has become something of a go-to authority on the topic. (They interviewed her on The Huffington Post channel yesterday). "I doubt that anyone realistically believes that the public will be at risk from my mocha shimmer lip gloss or a couple of Tampax," Jen Verillo writes at The Broad's Side (she's modeling her new tampon-holders at left). "As much as I’d like to walk around like a convict who can’t be trusted with basic toiletries, I’m probably not going to sign up for that. Being a Browns fan is painful enough without you reminding me that the season is comparable to a 16 week prison sentence. As for the stipulation that we can bring a ‘hand sized’ clutch… Huh? Whose hand are we using as the guideline?"
Ms. Verillo is not the only one saying, "Huh?". Below we see the scene at Thursday night's 49ers-Broncos tilt in San Francisco. Fans were given a "free bag check" to drop off prohibited bags for free and pick them up after the game. That was nice! It was less nice how the bag storage became completely disorganized, and staff were just throwing bags into the crowd and allowing anyone to claim them.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, Thursday night's Falcons-Bengals exhibition opener was the scene of the nightmare bag check line seen below. Yes, you could just leave your unapproved bag at the Georgia Dome bag check. But that line was so long, you'd think Scarlett Johansson was giving away free make-out sessions at Comic-Con.
Safety is an obvious concern these days at large public events. The NFL has done the honorable thing and made compliant clear carrying bags available for all 32 teams. As you would imagine, they are priced between $9.95 and $19.95, plus shipping.