The NFL goes full TSA

Starting this season you can’t bring anything bigger than a matchbox into any NFL stadium. And what you do bring has to be inside a clear plastic 12” x 6” x 12” bag. Which the NFL conveniently sells, etched with your favorite team’s logo. Oh, and there will be two security checkpoints before you’re allowed inside. All to make you “safer,” of course.

Forget about bringing your big purse or backpack — or even a cooler — to NFL games this season. They’ll all be banned, along with seat cushions and camera bags, at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games.

In a press release Thursday, the NFL Committee on Stadium Security said to a provide a “safer environment” and to “expedite fan entry,” NFL teams will implement a policy that will limit the size and types of bags that can be brought into stadiums.

Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, seat cushions, cinch bags or camera bags.

Game-goers are allowed to bring in bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”.  One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags are also allowed.  NFLShop.com and club merchandise outlets will be selling official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags.

The statement said that stadiums will establish a secondary perimeter around the stadium where security will check for prohibited items.

And they wonder why their games don’t sell out.

I hear that the TSA is decommissioning their older, first-generation full-body scanners. Wanna bet Roger Goodell is snapping ’em up as fast as he can?

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