NFL Bans Bags at Games
Except for tiny clutches, Ziploc bags
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 14, 2013 9:08 AM CDT
Fans go through a security checkpoint as they enter the stadium for a wild card playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans in Houston.   (AP Photo/Dave Einsel, File)

(Newser) – And you thought the airport was bad. This football season, fans will be forbidden from bringing most bags and purses into NFL stadiums, the league announced yesterday. Only small clutches "about the size of a hand," clear one-gallon freezer bags, and clear plastic tote bags that are no bigger than 12" x 6" x 12" (conveniently sold at "club merchandising outlets") will be allowed. Even fanny packs are expressly forbidden, as are, for some reason, seat cushions.

The statement cites the Boston Marathon bombing as a "factor" in the decision. "This will make the job of checking items much more efficient," a league VP tells CBS Sports. "We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates." But odds are this won't go over well with fans. "So should I duct tape my extra gloves [and] scarves to myself when it's 21 degrees?" one Steelers season ticket holder asks in the Post-Gazette. "What am I, a wool mule?"

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Jun 14, 2013 9:14 PM CDT
Ha Ha, now my x-wife is banned from NFL games.
Jun 14, 2013 8:09 PM CDT
OU went to this years ago after Joel Henry Heinrichs III tried to carry a bomb into the OU/Kansas game. He tried numerous times to go through the security cue but chickened out. He forgot the timing on his detonator and sat the backpack on his lap while he was sitting at a bus bench outside the stadium. The bus driver thinks he was trying to reset the timer when it went off and blew his head all the way to Gould Hall.
Jun 14, 2013 11:37 AM CDT
Come on, how are they going to pay those poor players their multimillion dollar salaries if they can't force you to buy $52 cups of beer?