Regal Theaters to Randomly Search Your Backpacks and Bags

Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

Movie Theaters to embrace intrusive government security policies that just don’t work.

The nations largest movie chain Regal Entertainment Group has added a security measure to start searching individual’s private belongings, all in the name of safety.

The official website  published that security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America.

Regal Entertainment Group wants our customers and staff to feel comfortable and safe when visiting or working in our theatres. To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission.

“We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for entertainment research company Rentrak.

“Moviegoers have become so accustomed to having these types of security measures enacted in all kinds of public spaces, from theme parks to sports venues and rock concerts,” says Dergarabedian.  “Regal has decided to make a concerted effort to show their patrons that they’re aware of security issues.”

He adds that he doesn’t think increased security will impact the box office “at all.” However I beg to differ.

This kind of policy doesn’t actually protect you in the end–not in anything more than a very superficial sense. What it does is leverage fear, accustom people to the notion of surveillance, and undermine people’s understanding of personal, constitutional and civil liberties in both the short and long term.

This can be seen in a recent TSA report, published by Forbes, showing that it failed to stop 95 percent of the weapons that inspectors attempted to sneak through airport screening stations as part of their regular audit program. Showing that safety is an illusion.

People are beginning to become more aware of the hypocrisy of these invasive and aggressive tactics. Some may wonder why is it that we created Al Qaeda and ISIS and we use these groups as a crutch to expand the police state and strip American liberties?

nfl-tsa-same-thingThe NFL who has been in lock-step with the government security overreach and is tax exempt, now requires clear plastic bags to bring your belongings into a sports complex. The security measure is highly restrictive and will take a bit of creativity to comply with. It is also a little known fact that stadiums double as a government FEMA camp during emergencies, this gives a sense of familiarity to desperate individuals.

“Fans will be allowed to carry in a clear bag that does not exceed 12 x 6 x 12 inches or a one-gallon, clear plastic bag. Additional clothing, blankets, etc. are allowed if carried in loosely or in an approved clear bag. Small clutch purses the size of a woman’s hand, measuring no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches are permitted, but subject to search. Small cameras, binoculars and cell phones are acceptable if carried in loosely or in an approved clear bag. Traditional stadium seats with backs and seat pads are permitted as long as they do not exceed 18 inches wide and contain no pockets, zippers or concealable areas. Over-sized seats and/or seats with arm rests or other attachments are not allowed. Prohibited items must be returned to your vehicle or they will be confiscated and discarded,” as published on the Green Bay Packers website.

The question is what will be next – searches to enter churches and restaurants or TSA waiting outside your home?

Bag searches at movie theaters are being implemented across the country

Posted by NowThis on Saturday, August 22, 2015

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  • Jrad

    I’ve always said if businesses refuse to let law abiding customers carry their firearms into their buildings it will create a target rich environment for terrorists and criminals and the only way to compensate is using airport level security with armed guards, body scans, strip searches and metal detectors. I haven’t flown since all that started and I probably won’t go to the movies either.