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Backpack question

Post by dadofthebiggestweeb1 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:15 pm

Hello all,

Forgive me if I missed this somewhere else, but what is the backpack policy at the convention? I am bringing my daughters, and I planned on having my backpack so I can bring water and snacks etc. Are backpacks allowed and are drinks and snacks okay?

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Re: Backpack question

Post by waynoinsano » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:35 pm

bags,food,and drinks are ok but security with have to inspect the contents of your backpack/bags

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Re: Backpack question

Post by Aurabolt » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:02 pm

Be prepared to possiibly empty your bag at the checkpoints. I bring alot of stuff myself and plan to make use of the bag check in the Hynes.
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Re: Backpack question

Post by Elli21486 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:01 am

Just a word of advise, start opening the pockets of said backpack prior to reaching the inspection table. It actually helps move the line faster in the long run. I personally will say when you are 4 people away is a good time to start opening as there will be multiple people checking bags.

Also, if you are worried about having to empty you backpack on the table, you may want to put the inner content in clear ziploc bags. It's just a suggestion though.
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Re: Backpack question

Post by Old_School_Anime_Lover02 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:35 pm

Aurabolt wrote:
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:02 pm
Be prepared to possiibly empty your bag at the checkpoints. I bring alot of stuff myself and plan to make use of the bag check in the Hynes.
it honestly depends which check point you use, I have never ever had to empty any of my bags, water bottles exc, nor did it seem that i even "needed" bag check, the poor cop who inspected AA last year seemed super bored and out of his element, he was like 'book, water bottle, phone,food,' go right in' I ahonestly felt bad for the fella...

and if you have medical stuff in your bag just explain to the staff at ab and the staff at the Hynes when you go tommrow to get your badage (if you plan to do so) and if you plan on going at least one day, just manage to make sure you tell someone in charge...ie security or someone in a blue staff shirt, or have someone get you a blue staff shirt ...I don't know what their policy is for that, but they do have security dogs that check bags and such for "drugs" and if your not comfortable with that, then i suggest you go to the cops and tell them or have a blue shirt tell them for you if you don't feel comfortable

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Re: Backpack question

Post by Aurabolt » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:01 am

Yeah. the cops may be the smallest in number working security but they have the most power. If there is a problem at a security checkpoint, they will not hesitate to step in.

I have a few friends in BPD who confirmed to me yesterday they will be working at AB. Two of 'em did it before and they both said the checkpoints were thought up by the Hynes and their security firm. You gotta keep in mind these security firms the MCCA subcontracts to work large conventions like AB are a mix of rookies, ex-military, ex-cops and so on. Some of 'em act stupid when a real cop is around thinking it means they have a free pass to act like idiots especially those who are ex-military and ex-cop.

Anywho, the two cops I spoke to both said they've told the others to keep an eye the checkpoints and make sure no one's being roughed up or people and those who clearly don't deserve it (disabled, parents with young children, pregnant women, etc.) don't get harassed. So, if you notice an increased presence of real cops this is why. Also, if you think a security guard is crossing the line tell a cop and then tell an AB Staff member in blue. In that order.

Finally: Don't be disrespectful in general. Even if they don't want to be there--and some of them make it obvious--they have families they want to go home to unharmed.
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