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Thread: Backpacks, just say no?

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    Backpacks, just say no?

    This Boston bombing could not have taken place if people were not allowed to carry backpacks to events like this. Why does anyone really need a backpack anyway? IMO it would not be asking to much to leave your backpack home. The only time I ever wear one is you know, when I'm going backpacking.

    "You have people that have their backpacks with them, a runner may have a hydration pack on them, another person may be coming to watch the race and they may have a backpack," Penza said. "You see them so much, you stop thinking that any of those bags might have explosives."

    Marathon Security Practices Scrutinized in Wake of Boston Marathon Explosions - ABC News

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    No they should not. What's next, shopping bags? Baby strollers. Handbags?

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
    No they should not. What's next, shopping bags? Baby strollers. Handbags?
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    This Boston bombing could not have taken place if people were not allowed to carry backpacks to events like this. Why does anyone really need a backpack anyway? IMO it would not be asking to much to leave your backpack home. The only time I ever wear one is you know, when I'm going backpacking.

    "You have people that have their backpacks with them, a runner may have a hydration pack on them, another person may be coming to watch the race and they may have a backpack," Penza said. "You see them so much, you stop thinking that any of those bags might have explosives."

    Marathon Security Practices Scrutinized in Wake of Boston Marathon Explosions - ABC News

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    We could issue licenses for backpacks. You must present ID, have a criminal background check and pay a modest fee, like $35.00 and you would get a permit with an ID number that you could sew onto the pack. At public events, scanners could verify that the pack and the pack registered owner match up. Basically a modified license plate scanner paired with facial recognition software.

    The bonus is nobody will steal your backpack if you leave it on the ground somewhere. The backpack data can be linked to the missing persons registry and aid in locating the missing you.

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    This Boston bombing could not have taken place if people were not allowed to carry backpacks to events like this. Why does anyone really need a backpack anyway? IMO it would not be asking to much to leave your backpack home. The only time I ever wear one is you know, when I'm going backpacking.

    "You have people that have their backpacks with them, a runner may have a hydration pack on them, another person may be coming to watch the race and they may have a backpack," Penza said. "You see them so much, you stop thinking that any of those bags might have explosives."

    Marathon Security Practices Scrutinized in Wake of Boston Marathon Explosions - ABC News
    It's very simple: You set up a perimeter around the start and the finish lines (which is where people congregate) and search the bags of people who enter the perimeter

    It's what they do at other sporting events and concerts, etc.
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    I always brought my bookbag when I went to the Marathon. I didn't want to be in my Red Sox jersey all day so I would bring a different shirt. I pretty much drank all day so we would put bottles of water in our bags so we could drink something no alcohol based. Also, we would bring premade mixed drink so we could drink all day.
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    It's very simple: You set up a perimeter around the start and the finish lines (which is where people congregate) and search the bags of people who enter the perimeter

    It's what they do at other sporting events and concerts, etc.
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    Re: Backpacks, just say no?

    Well up until April 15, 2013, someone could have walked down the street with a pressure cooker and nobody's first or tenth thought would "Potential bomb". Ban backpacks, they will use briefcases, suitcases, whatever.

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