Why I Fail to Understand the Mets new Backpack Rule

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Effective last homestand, the Mets implemented a new bag policy for fans entering the stadium.

Previously, the Mets had a rather reasonable policy, allowing anything soft-sided provided that the dimensions do not exceed 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches. Briefcases, coolers and other hard-sided bags or containers were not, and are not permitted.

However, for whatever reason, come last homestand, the Mets deemed their security staff incapable of properly screening backpacks, despite being fit to do so during several games between the announcement and the implementation.

I was very frustrated at first, and knew that with the various exceptions provided, this policy is a lazy way to weed out work for staff, and a piss-poor attempt to speed up lines.

I successfully got my backpack through security with no hassle on the first day of the new policy:

So if these exceptions are in place, is this rule here to annoy and turn-away loyal fans for warranted security procedures, or just to speed things up for the workers?

I can’t think of any reason as to why the bags should be banned. The screening was already rather comprehensive, and it doesn’t match the national scale for security.

For example, as an airport worker, I can bring in any type of backpack, luggage, hard-sided briefcase, you name it, though to the airside gates with no security screening, yet the Mets won’t grant backpacks access to the game, even with extra handling or screening.

And you wonder why fans are staying home….

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