The Detroit Red Wings are instituting a “clear bag” fan security policy, following the lead of NFL teams.
(Don’t worry: Fans can still smuggle octopi into the arena by wrapping them in a garbage bag and taping them to their legs.)
According to the Wings, fans will only be able to carry the following style and size bag, package or container into Joe Louis Arena for all Red Wings games:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar style).
- Small clutch bags not exceeding 9” x 6” – approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap – can be taken into The Joe with one of the clear plastic bag options above.
Not allowed any longer? From the Wings:
“Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any size, computer bags, camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. An exception will be made for medically necessary items and diaper bags after proper inspection at a designated door.”
As we said, the NFL has had this policy for a bit, and the Wings’ new bag policy syncs up with its requirements. Both leagues claim the policy is to "shorten lines by speeding the security screening process."
Also -- and we know this is going to come as a complete shock to you -- as the NFL was banning fans from bringing bags into the stadium IT WAS SELLING NFL-BRANDED TEAM BAGS for upwards of $20 a pop.
Hey, would you look at that: For only $8, you can be free and clear to enter the Joe, too!
Monetizing security? Did the Department of Homeland Security take over NHL fan services?
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