NFL implements enhanced pat-down screenings

League's security chief says new policy well-received by fans, teams


"I've been out to stadiums and observed this in person, and I've seen fans being very cooperative with the screening process. By and large, our fans want to get in efficiently and effectively and they also want to be safe and they don't want prohibited items around them," he said. "They understand what we're trying to accomplish and they have been cooperative. We have had some instances where there have been growing pains. Anytime you change a procedure, you have to effectively communicate with the fans so they know what to expect and what we need from them."

Miller added that fans can also somewhat control their wait times depending on when and how they arrive at stadium entrances.

"Let's be clear, even if we weren't doing this type of screening, you can't just walk up to the gate at the last minute at an NFL stadium or you're going to stand in line," he said. "As we roll this out over the next several weeks, I think that you'll see teams make adjustments in ways that will reduce friction points for fans and make it an effective process to get folks into the stadium."

Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), said most people are willing to give up a little bit of their time for better safety and security measures.

"At this point in time in the history of security, I think it's the right decision," Marciani said. "I commend the NFL for taking the aggressive steps to secure stadiums."