August 26, 2013

TEN Benefits of the NFL All Clear Bag Policy

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NFL All Clear Duct Tape Bag

I originally wrote this post when I noticed people online complaining about how horrible the new NFL All Clear bag policy is. Before it was published, I was contacted to be part of the #NFLAllClear program. Per FTC Policy, I am letting you know that I am working with the NFL to share the information about this new policy even though this post was originally written just because I wanted to share and comment.

From the first game the NFL All Clear bag policy went into effect there has been quite an uproar in the media and on social media. Many people were outraged that the NFL would create a policy that, some were saying, alienates women. Other says it’s a ploy to sell merchandise. But after reading the policy I don’t see it that way.

For the past 10+ years most of us have figure out a way to stuff all our 3oz liquids into a quart-sized bag so we can carry them on a plane. Both men and women have had to do this, and while inconvenient we’ve, for the most part, figured it out. And in the process we’ve streamlined what we carry with us when we travel.

NFL Duct Tape BagJust like the TSA policy, the NFL’s All Clear bag policy is a way to not only ensure better safety within the stadiums and arenas but also streamline the arrival process. Sure there are drawbacks, but the list of pros is longer.

Considering that the NFL banned coolers and backpacks over a decade ago, this change shouldn’t have really come as a surprise. For season ticket-holders, they were notified well in advance. Much of the uproar has been from fans who were hearing about the change upon arriving at the gate. I get that. I’d be mad too if I had to walk back to my car and leave my purse.

For me, one of the advantages is that now I don’t have to worry about my (nice) purse ending up in a puddle of spilled beer or dropped food. I don’t know about you, but I tend to clutch my purse during the game because I don’t want to put it on the ground. Certainly, I’m not the only one.

So I’ve come up with this list of TEN Benefits of the NFL All Clear Bag Policy to help everyone (especially other women) see this as a good thing.

TEN Benefits of the NFL All Clear Bag Policy

1. No messed up purse from spilled food or drinks (see above)
2. Easy to find my ID and money
3. Keep phone in bag during bad weather and still text/post on social networks
4. Don’t take all kinds of random things I’ll never use
5. Won’t embarrass my husband (as much) to hold it while I go to the bathroom
6. No digging around looking for personal hygiene items while “hovering”
7. Show your team spirit in a new way each week (see my cute bag!)
8. When you leave the house you’ll know right away if you have your tickets
9. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can put in a gallon-sized zip top bag
10. Finally able to justify buying a really nice wallet

And, as an added bonus,
11. It will likely enhance overall security.

While it’s fun to think of this with a slightly humorous approach, there is a real threat out there. It’s the people yelling about their ‘Rights’ that really gets me angry. See, 12 years ago the United States saw the worst act of terrorism on its soil. Since then there have been multiple attacks upon the people in this country. There are bad people out there, we know that. And we may think they won’t show up at an NFL game with a ziptop bag to blow things up. But the reality is that security measures like this are the reason the bad guys don’t show up. They know we’re looking at them.

I know there are plenty of reasons why having a clear bag may seem stupid. But the fact is that it’s the new policy and if you go to an NFL game you are there to cheer on your team. While I realize it’s nice to be fashionable, as a woman I welcome the opportunity to unload all the unnecessary junk in my purse.

If you don’t want to use the clear bag, the NFL All Clear bag policy does permit small clutch purses the size of a hand. There is also an exception for items that are medically necessary, with additional screening required. If you’re going to an NFL game and are planning on taking a blanket, you can still take that. But if you’re taking a seat cushion, check the new policy to make sure yours is compliant.

We can debate this policy all we want. But the reality is that since 9-11 we’ve had to change how we go about our business. Will women be embarrassed having their “personal items” on display? Considering how many times I’ve had the TSA Backscatter X-ray or a make clerk at the store when I’m buying these “personal items”, having someone see them at a ball game is the least of my concern.  Besides, it’s not like we can’t put them in a little pouch if we want to be discreet.

Yes, this is “one step closer“. However, this is something small I’m willing to do for my safety and the safety of those around me. Is it a slippery slope? Perhaps. Is it annoying? Maybe. At the same time many are looking for the negative, I’m going to try to find the positive. If we do that, I think we’ll all find that the pros clearly outweigh the cons.

If you would like to share your thoughts, insight, or opinions on this new policy, join the #NFLAllClear Twitter chat Wednesday August 28th from 9 to 10 PM ET/6 to 7 PM PT.

So, what do you think about the new NFL All Clear bag policy? Will it affect whether you go to a game?

Disclosure: As I stated above, I originally wrote this post just because I wanted. Now that I’m working with the NFL, I’m letting you know I have a business relationship with the organization I’m talking about. My thoughts and opinions were not influenced by this relationship or compensation. This article was not reviewed or edited by a third-party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Sara

{ 3 comments }

Kendra Kroll (@PortaPocketGal) August 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

Hi Sara —
I’m with YOU! Have been working on getting idea out for the last 6 yrs that we DON’T need to cart so much around with us every day…this situation helps me focus the message and hopefully…finally… get HEARD!
I designed & patented PortaPocket…a hands-free carrying case problem-solver (ironically enough) after dropping a spare tampon on the gym floor…and getting mad. Given the distraught social media comments from gals worried about exposing these things in clear bags… THIS is SOOOO for YOU!! But it’s also for much more… it’s really a smart way to safely, discreetly and comfortably keep your ID, cash, cards, keys, cell phone, cameras, etc CLOSER …so no need to micromanage the (clear) bag. Yay for more freedom & peace of mind! Just WEAR what you need …works on thigh, calf, ankle, arm or waist… and under or over your outfit. Super versatile. See more at http://www.portapocket.com
Want another smart solution? Try http://www.scottevest.com … choose any of their intelligently designed, stylish clothing …been called “pocket nirvana!” Each garment has up to 37 pockets to organize what you need…and look great doing it.
Oh…and thanks for the note on the twitter chat…I’ll be there!
xoxo

Sara August 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Hi Kendra, often necessity is the mother of invention. I think most women can recall a situation when we’ve had to juggle our personal items in a public bathroom. I’ll have to take a look at your product. I am familiar with the ScotteVest, it’s very popular among some of my travel friends.

I think many of us carry around too much stuff we don’t really need. And, really, if I don’t have to worry about damaging a nice bag it’s good. Look forward to seeing you at the Twitter chat.

Jen September 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Hello – great post! Do you have instructions/pictures on how I can make my own duct tape bag like yours shown?

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