First the airport, and most experts say that is a waste of time, and now Football games. Tomorrow it will be school, the market and every public building.
Time to scream STOP!!
The NFL wants all fans patted down from the ankles up this season to improve fan safety.
Under the new “enhanced” pat-down procedures, the NFL wants all 32 clubs to search fans from the ankles to the knees as well as the waist up. Previously, security guards only patted down fans from the waist up while looking for booze, weapons or other banned items.
The stricter physical screening policy impacts the 16.6 million fans expected to attend live regular season NFL games this season. The more thorough searches will spell longer lines for ticket-holding fans seeking entry to games. It’s sure to raise the ire of some fans who consider it an invasion of privacy.
The NFL recommended the new guidelines before the kickoff of the 2011 season which coincided with the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The league hopes fans will be “patient,” says spokesman Brian McCarthy, and arrive earlier to games to avoid long, punishing lines.
“The enhanced security procedures recommended by our office before the start of the season will further increase the safety of fans but will require some additional time,” McCarthy told USA TODAY in a statement Thursday. “We encourage fans to come early, enjoy their tailgating tradition, and be patient as they enter the stadium.”
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The NFL predicts its live gate will be equal this year to last season’s overall regular season attendance of 16,569,514.
The Buffalo Bills have announced the changes for fans attending this Sunday’s home game against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills’ announcement reads in part:
The Buffalo Bills will be implementing an enhanced pat-down procedure starting with this Sunday’s game and the organization wants to communicate this new process to all fans attending the game. The new procedure is a recommendation from the NFL in accordance with the league’s Best Practices policies. Specifically, the enhanced portion of the pat-down is for the area from the knees to the ankles. Bills officials have long recommended that fans arrive early to the gates and continue to do so, especially with the enhanced pat-down now part of the security measures taken at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
UPDATE: The Indianapolis Colts also issued a statement Thursday announcing stricter security screenings for fans entering Lucas Oil Stadium:
At the direction of the NFL, fans attending this Sunday’s Colts vs. Browns game, and future NFL games, will be subject to an enhanced personal security screening prior to entering Lucas Oil Stadium. The screening will include physical pat-down (above the waist as well as below the knees) and inspection of all items. The enhanced personal security screening is in addition to the process guests have typically experienced at NFL games since 2001. In order to accommodate this security enhancement, guests are asked to arrive earlier than normal to avoid longer security lines at the checkpoints. Guests may refuse inspections; however, management reserves the right to refuse entry.
The idea of being physically searched by strangers while attending NFL games has been controversial for years. Several fans have filed lawsuits across the U.S., challenging the league’s physical screenings in court. But the NFL’s policies were upheld in court.
“Those who trade liberty (freedom) for security generally get nor deserve either!!” … Benjamin Franklin
From Mike Adams at Natural News:
These police-state pat-downs, you see, are going to be expanded to the point where you have to show your papers on demand at every government building, sporting event and even shopping malls and movie theaters. America’s descent into a total communist-style police state has begun.
Alex Jones, by the way, has announced a boycott of the NFL and their sponsors; urges all NFL ticket holders to demand refunds, not attend games and boycott purchases of NFL and sponsor’s products. Here’s Natural News: article
This will be the NFL Fan’s big chance to show their patriotism as well as stand up for their own rights. If they, the macho representation of manhood that they present themselves as, rollover for this America has a much bigger problem than we ever imagined. So the Onus is on you… will you allow yourself, your wives, girlfriends and kids to be patted down and humiliated, like the TSA does to us at the airport, or will you stand for liberty, freedom and freedom over football?