NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — The process of going to a professional baseball game just got a little tougher for fans after Major League Baseball required all of its 30 teams that they had to implement metal detectors at stadiums.
According to the new rules issued by the league, all fans are expected to pass through the security checkpoints without exception. Fans will be expected to deposit their keys, cellphones and cameras into a bin while passing through the metal detector, but will be allowed to keep their shoes on.
The new rules were implemented in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, but questions remain about the effectiveness of the security measures.
“You’re trying to get in the door, there’s 20,000 people standing around outside. I could do a lot of damage there, just as easily as I could if I brought the thing inside. Maybe even more.” Alabama economist Walter Enders, who has authored several studies on metal detectors, told Vice Sports.
"Besides, if we really cared about safety," Enders added, "we’d do things like ensure that bag checks actually check bags, beyond a quick look to ensure that no one is smuggling in unauthorized foodstuffs.”
Fans just seemed resigned to their fate in the security queue.
"It's easy, but I feel like I'm at the airport," 19-year-old Phillies fan J.P. Collins told the Associated Press. "It's a hassle, but not that bad. It's better than the Eagles. You get patted down." – Staff Writers