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Security Update

Post by Nenya » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:54 am

Hello everyone,

I know that there have been a lot of questions about the security plan for Anime Boston 2017, and that you’re eager to hear what we’ve been doing to address your concerns. I wanted to let you all know that work began immediately after Anime Boston 2016 ended, and we are now coming to a point where we can explain some of the changes in more detail. Here is an outline of what to expect:
  • We have doubled the number of security checkpoints to significantly increase throughput and cut down on wait times.
    The Hynes has taken attendee feedback into consideration and will be using only hand-held metal detector wands. They will not be using the pass-through metal detectors you saw last year.
  • There will be more cross-training between Anime Boston staff, Prudential staff, Hynes staff, and Sheraton staff to ensure better communication across the board.
  • The Dalton Street entrance will be open during peak times. These hours will be set and published in advance.
  • For our members with disabilities, we have put together a team of specialists to further assist those who might need help in regards to access to the Hynes and getting around the convention. More information on this team to follow. The Hynes is also committed to improving training and assistance in this area.
  • Our current plan is to have the Hall C/Sheraton doors open to all attendees during Artist’s Alley open hours. We have increased security checkpoints at this entrance to help with faster throughput. Please note that we will continue to monitor traffic in the Sheraton at this entrance to ensure we comply with fire safety regulations.
The Hynes is asking members to please consider the size of their bags as they pass through the security checkpoints. Bringing clear bags, bags with fewer pockets, and opening all pockets before reaching the checkpoint will get you inside faster. We urge members to take this into consideration as you plan your weekend.

There will be more information to follow, and I look forward to sharing it with you in the coming weeks. Thank you all for your patience as we go through this process and thank you for your commitment to helping us ensure a safer convention.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at ops@animeboston.com, or security@animeboston.com.

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Re: Security Update

Post by Selestyl » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:19 am

Thank you for sharing all of this! I'm optimistic that this will be a good year, and I appreciate everyone's efforts in addressing last year's problems. Can't wait for AB2017!!
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Re: Security Update

Post by Mamacass » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:53 pm

Thank you for the update! :-)
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Re: Security Update

Post by Master of NERV » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:13 pm

Thanks so much for the update!

It's my sincere hope that we can all give NEAS the benefit of the doubt that last year's security issues can be solved or, at the very least, seriously reduced. I'm not ready to give up on AB, not by a long shot!

See you all in seven weeks! :D
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Re: Security Update

Post by H. Guderian » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:54 pm

Hurray for the Dalton St Entrance!!

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Re: Security Update

Post by royalbakaness » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:17 am

Thank you! I'm very hopeful for this year's security. You guys are great at keeping us up-to-date, and I greatly appreciate that!
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Re: Security Update

Post by Kalyoth » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:01 am

Thank you for this update! I have only one concern - the request for see through bags.

My belief is most attendees will either not learn of this request until they are actually picking up a badge at the con or already in line for entry. As has been more evident this year, the forums seem to be unusually quiet vs. past years for attendee traffic. I can almost count on my fingers the usual cast of posters (insert shameless plug for Swap Meet 2017 Thread here: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=21155). I do not know if the other AB-related social media are as quiet. Anything we can do to advertise this & allow attendees advance prep time I believe would only benefit & help to lessen the impact of the process.

Where this is security-related, thus of logistical importance, is it possible to also send out an e-mail blast to all the preregistered attendees beyond attempts to reach them via forum/web posts? Maybe, even as a last chance effort, have a reusable AB-related clear bag available as part of the Merchandise Table in Registration (likely to be relevant moving forward) or free via sponsor (Bags are Retro now aren't they?)?

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Post by Nenie » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:19 pm

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Re: Security Update

Post by tetsujin » Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:45 pm

Kalyoth wrote:
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:01 am
Thank you for this update! I have only one concern - the request for see through bags.

My belief is most attendees will either not learn of this request until they are actually picking up a badge at the con or already in line for entry.
Or they may not even want to bring see-through bags. After all, making things easier for security doesn't really help me get through security any faster. What helps is if the 200+ people ahead of me chose to make things easier for security. And it's really no one else's business what I'm carrying in my bag.

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Re: Security Update

Post by ThestiasCosplay » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:23 pm

tetsujin wrote:
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:45 pm
Kalyoth wrote:
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:01 am
Thank you for this update! I have only one concern - the request for see through bags.

My belief is most attendees will either not learn of this request until they are actually picking up a badge at the con or already in line for entry.
Or they may not even want to bring see-through bags. After all, making things easier for security doesn't really help me get through security any faster. What helps is if the 200+ people ahead of me chose to make things easier for security. And it's really no one else's business what I'm carrying in my bag.
I agree with the not wanting to bring see-through bags; I'm an intensely private person and though I'm not likely to have much more than my phone and my wallet, maybe some makeup for touch-ups, I still really don't want other people seeing what I have in my bag. A security guy is fine, but everyone? Especially not if I have like, feminine hygiene products in there. My things are my things and I really don't enjoy having a bunch of people looking at my things. Makes me anxious and antsy as hell.

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Re: Security Update

Post by Faceman » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:01 pm

Please be aware we are not requiring attendees to have clear bags. We completely understand everyone's desire for privacy.

It is only a suggestion. If you are comfortable with it, a clear bag will make it a bit faster for you to get through the bag check. In the same vein, a bag with fewer pockets will be faster to inspect than one with many pockets. And opening your bag's pockets before you get to the inspector helps get your bag ready.
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