NFL orders “enhanced pat-downs” — “from the ankles up” — for ALL football fans, starting Saturday! (2 items)

NFL wants pat-downs from ankles up at all stadiums
By Michael McCarthy, USA TODAY
By Reinhold Matay, AP Photo

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 Week 1 of the season, says spokesman Brian McCarthy. The league hopes fans will be “patient” — and arrive earlier to games to avoid long, punishing lines.

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Football fans face another new NFL rule: the enhanced pat-down
By Reuters
Story posted 2011.09.15 at 08:24 PM EDT

(Reuters) – In the first week of the 2011 NFL season, football fans were asked to get used to the league’s controversial new rule on kickoffs, introduced to reduce player injuries.

In Week Two, which begins on Saturday, many surprised fans will get their first introduction to another potentially controversial rule imposed by the league with safety in mind: the enhanced pat-down.

The National Football League confirmed to Reuters on Thursday that it had asked the league’s 32 teams to dramatically increase the physical screening spectators are required to undergo before they enter the stadium.

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