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NFL Announces Extra Security Measures, Limits Types Of Bags Allowed In Stadiums
Published June 14, 2013
CHECKPOINT CHARLIE: The AP's Barry Wilner noted a secondary buffer area "well outside the stadium will be established where security personnel will check for prohibited items or bags being carried toward the ballpark." Stadium personnel are being "encouraged to have approved bags on hand to give to fans, or to have a place outside the restricted areas to check items, so that fans can reclaim after games." The NFL recently has done "pat downs and bag checks and also used metal detectors to upgrade security." The new policy has "worked well at colleges such as Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State, which do not permit any bags in their stadiums" (AP, 6/13). In Pittsburgh, Ed Bouchette notes because Univ. of Pittsburgh home games also are played at Heinz Field, the "same restrictions will be in place for those games" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 6/14).
WOMEN'S ISSUES: Chiefs President Mark Donovan said, "The most important thing is we develop a system that creates a safe environment for everyone, but also takes into account the realities, and that’s one of the reasons for the clutch purse. Most of the things (women will have) will be able to fit into the size of purse we’re going to allow. That was a consideration that was talked about at the league level, and it’s something we tried to accommodate by allowing the clutch" (K.C. STAR, 6/14). But in Indianapolis, Erika Smith asks, "What woman in her right mind ... is going to load up her smartphone, lipstick, money, credit cards, keys, not to mention tampons, in a clear plastic bag for all the world to see? Not many, I predict." The NFL has made "great strides in recent years in attracting women" but suggesting a Ziploc bag is "not one of the league’s better ideas" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/14).