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August 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

NFL’s new handbag policy: What do you think?

Seahawks fans going to CenturyLink Field for Saturday night’s first home exhibition game may be in for surprise.

No large purses, handbags or diaper bags.

It’s part of the NFL’s new policy that bans anything but clear bags measuring 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, one-gallon Ziploc bags or small women’s clutch handbags. It’s being billed as a security measure by the NFL and the Seahawks, but some skeptics believe it also is a way to keep fans from bringing food and booze into stadiums.

I’m curious what Seahawks fans think. Airlines allow purses and diaper bags on flights, although the bags scanned and/or searched.

So does the NFL really need this policy? Do you think it’s another necessary inconvenience or an unnecessary rule.

Check out our list of what you need to know, compiled by Seattle Times staff reporter Jayson Jenks, and take our poll at the end of this post.

What you need to know:

1) The only bags that will be allowed into CenturyLink for Seahawks’ games are clear bags measuring 12” by 6” by 12”, one-gallon Ziploc bags or small women’s clutch handbags. Backpacks, diaper bags, large purses will not be allowed anymore. This is NFL policy enforced at every stadium.

Sample Approved Bags New NFL Security Policy

2) The items you can bring into the game haven’t changed. Just the vessel in which you can carry them.

3) The Seahawks will pass out 75,000 plastic bags at the first preseason game Saturday and also at the season opener against the 49ers. Bags can be also purchased at the pro shop. Similar clear bags can be found online. You don’t need to use the official bag the Seahawks pass out. The bag just needs to be clear and meet the size restrictions.

4) If you show up with a backpack or any other non-approved bag, the Seahawks will have three places where you can check those bags and then pick them up at the end of the game: two check-in locations in the north lot and one at the events’ center. But as CenturyLink general manager Adam Link warned, “It’s not going to be convenient.”

5) If you need to bring in medical items, you can go through security at the west gate and still bring those in as before.

6) Each gate will have express lanes for those who don’t bring any bags to the game.

7) Expect some delays in the first few games. Link said he expects the new bag policy to eventually speed up the time it takes to get in the stadium, but he expects some “growing pains” early in the process.

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