NFL "All Clear Bag" policy causing nightmares for fans
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VIDEO: New NFL "All Clear Bag" policy predictably causes logistical disasters at games

8/9/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   450 respect

Blog Photo - NFL "All Clear Bag" policy causing nightmares for fansThis weekend is the nationwide debut of the NFL's "All Clear Bag" policy, with six games played in NFL stadiums Thursday night and ten more games scheduled at NFL stadiums nationwide this weekend. Every single NFL stadium must now enforce the "All Clear Bag" policy with its fans. If you're unclear on the new policy, any bag larger than your hand must be clear, with all of its contents visible, to be allowed into the stadium.

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!

Blog Photo - NFL "All Clear Bag" policy causing nightmares for fansAn 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.
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8/10/13   |   gobluespartyon   |   609 respect

I have always used my pockets to carry stuff in going to sporting events. Doesn't surprise me that there was problems with the clear bag rules maybe as the season go's on NFL will get better at it. 

8/9/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7037 respect

I'll use my pockets, tyvm.

8/9/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Has it ever been proven that any of it "makes us safer?"

Pretty sure nobody's ever hidden a pipe bomb in a clear plastic bag. Probably not a knife either...

Also - this isn't a govt. or political thing. I'm going into their house - their house, their rules.

8/9/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
There are 67,000 (supposedly) seats at CLink. I don't know about you, but if it takes clear bags and a security wand to identify possible threats to the crowd, I don't really care about it "eroding my rights". I'm not gonna lie - I did NOT feel safe watching security pseudo-check people's backpacks, dufflebags, huge purses, etc. in any of the games I've ever gone to. The way they checked through any of those bags, it would have been simple to smuggle something in. People can complain about their rights but when I'm in a huge crowd of people who are going into a stadium with bags full of who-knows-what, I don't think I'm being a docile sheep when I ask that I be kept safer.

Edit - also...I'm not necessarily sure that this falls under erosion of rights anyway. Nobody's stopping us randomly on the street to check our bags or forcing us to carry clear bags everywhere we go. We're entering into a sports stadium that has some responsibility for the safety the people on their property. 

Has it ever been proven that any of it "makes us safer?"

8/9/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Because it's more useless security theater that continues to slowly erode our rights, which we keep saying OK on because we are docile sheep.
(Edited by Jess)

There are 67,000 (supposedly) seats at CLink. I don't know about you, but if it takes clear bags and a security wand to identify possible threats to the crowd, I don't really care about it "eroding my rights". I'm not gonna lie - I did NOT feel safe watching security pseudo-check people's backpacks, dufflebags, huge purses, etc. in any of the games I've ever gone to. The way they checked through any of those bags, it would have been simple to smuggle something in. People can complain about their rights but when I'm in a huge crowd of people who are going into a stadium with bags full of who-knows-what, I don't think I'm being a docile sheep when I ask that I be kept safer.

Edit - also...I'm not necessarily sure that this falls under erosion of rights anyway. Nobody's stopping us randomly on the street to check our bags or forcing us to carry clear bags everywhere we go. We're entering into a sports stadium that has some responsibility for the safety the people on their property. 

8/9/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
People crack me up - I'm not sure what the big deal is.
1 - We were all told about this a long time ago. Be prepared.
2 - Clutches are easy to purchase, and inexpensive
3 - Season ticket holders are being supplied with free clear bags.

I couldn't care less if someone sees toiletries I might choose to carry with me (although, at Centurylink, they're provided for free in the bathrooms anyway). Who wants to pack something into a game that you have to worry about people spilling beer on, stealing, or losing anyway? The only thing I was concerned about is that occasionally we bring gifts/baked goods to the group who sits around us. I'll just have to figure out a way to package those in a way that isn't against the rules this year.

Because it's more useless security theater that continues to slowly erode our rights, which we keep saying OK on because we are docile sheep.

8/9/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

People crack me up - I'm not sure what the big deal is.
1 - We were all told about this a long time ago. Be prepared.
2 - Clutches are easy to purchase, and inexpensive
3 - Season ticket holders are being supplied with free clear bags.

I couldn't care less if someone sees toiletries I might choose to carry with me (although, at Centurylink, they're provided for free in the bathrooms anyway). Who wants to pack something into a game that you have to worry about people spilling beer on, stealing, or losing anyway? The only thing I was concerned about is that occasionally we bring gifts/baked goods to the group who sits around us. I'll just have to figure out a way to package those in a way that isn't against the rules this year.