Take a moment and think back to the last time you went through a TSA security checkpoint at the airport. I’m sitting in the Denver airport writing this right now, so it’s all pretty fresh in my memory—it goes something like this: empty your pockets, make sure all your liquid beauty products fit into a small clear plastic bag, take off your shoes, put everything through a metal detector, and then raise your arms and pose for a super-intrusive photograph where someone in a back room somewhere gets to see you naked.
Now imagine doing that every single time you want to go to a football game.
Starting now, fans attending NFL games are barred from bringing handbags into stadiums—instead, they’ll have to make like airport security and haul their personal effects around in clear bags and/or ziplocks. The league’s clear-bag policy website explains the new guidelines:
Beginning with preseason games, fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium: Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″ (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags will be available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com/allclear), or one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
Good thing clear clutches are so in this season!
Preseason-game attendees over the weekend were the first to feel the effects of the new regulations—and lots of folks arriving at games had no idea what they were in for! The Washington Post reports that at a preseason Redskins game, lots of fans, especially those from out of town, were frustrated—and lots of women were forced to throw their handbags in the trash before entering the stadium.
“I think it’s the fact that there was not a good enough effort to inform the public that this is our new bag policy,” one gamegoer said. “And the people who are taking public transportation, who don’t know about this, is there something we could put in place to offset this? I’m just thankful that there was someone nice enough to hold my bag.”
Besides handbags, other items on the NFL’s new banned list include: diaper bags, backpacks, briefcases, cushions with zippers, thermoses, coolers, and camera cases, and fanny packs.
“It’s discriminatory against women,” one attendee at the Jets vs. Jaguars game last week told the New York Times. “Men don’t need to worry about it.”
The clear-bag policy has even spawned a faux PSA, “My Purse, My Choice,” created by Lauren LaBorde and Colleen Allerton. Check it out:
So, what if you’re heading to a football game this season? What are some great bags you can carry that fit the NFL’s new guidelines? Here are five us-approved cute clear bags for your perusing pleasure:
Clockwise from left: Faith Perspex cross-body bag, $66 at ASOS.com; Spacer mini-backpack, $140 at Nasty Gal; “Shourouk” clutch in rainbow, $855 at Forward by Elyse Walker; *MKL Accessories “Tasha” bag in clear, $25 at Karmaloop; Metallic-trimmed clear purse, $22 at Forever 21.