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NFL restricting size, type of bags allowed into stadiums

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If you are heading to Fedex Field to catch a Redskins game this fall, leave your large bags at home.

The NFL has adopted a new policy that restricts the type and size of bags allowed into all team stadiums, beginning this preseason.

From now on, fans can only carry a clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that is no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. One gallon, clear plastic freezer bags are okay.

"I always carry my big bag with me, so this isn't going to work for me," says Susanne Siemonsen.

The NFL's Stadium Security Committee came up with the bag restrictions to improve security and get you in your seats faster. All 32 teams have agreed to adopt them.

There will be a buffer area well outside the stadiums so security personnel can check for prohibited items and bags, and send you back to your car with them before you get to the gates.

NFL Vice President and Chief Security Officer Jeffrey Miller says, "Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective."

Besides large bags, there are some other restrictions too. They are also banning, backpacks, camera bags, fanny packs and even seat cushions.

The league is making some exceptions for medically necessary items. And you can still bring binoculars, smartphones and cameras -- just no cases.

For a complete list of restricted items, log onto www.nfl.com/allclear.


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