Alcorn implements clear bag security policy

Published 7:50 am Sunday, August 19, 2018

LORMAN — Alcorn State University will introduce a “clear bag” security policy at all football and basketball home games for the 2018-19 season, the school announced.

Beginning with the football home opener on Sept. 8, fans will be allowed to bring in bags that are a maximum of 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag.

Alcorn will allow small transparent clutch bags no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Bags that are necessary for medical purposes are permitted but still subject to search. No other bags or purses, including diaper bags that are not clear, will be permitted.

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Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction, luggage of any kind, computer bags/cases, camera bags/cases, binocular bags/cases or any bag larger than the permissible size.

All items, including clear bags and clutch purses, are subject to search at all gates. No items can be left or stored at the gates.

The policy is similar to those recently implemented at many stadiums nationwide.

“This policy provides our security staff with greater visibility for items being brought into our facilities — not only at the gates but also in our parking lots, tailgate areas and inside the venue,” Shundera Stallings, Alcorn’s assistant athletic director for business operations/director of parking services, said in a release.