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The NFL wants all fans patted down from the ankles up this season to improve fan safety.

Under the new "enhanced" pat-down procedures, the NFL wants all 32 clubs to search fans from the ankles to the knees as well as the waist up. Previously, security guards only patted down fans from the waist up while looking for booze, weapons or other banned items.

The stricter physical screening policy impacts the 16.6 million fans expected to attend live regular season NFL games this season. The more thorough searches will spell longer lines for ticket-holding fans seeking entry to games. It's sure to raise the ire of some fans who consider it an invasion of privacy.

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There is nothing that warrants this from the NFL or the Falcons. There is nothing inherently more dangerous today than there was a year ago about attending an NFL game anywhere. All the NFL has managed to do is create a dozen more crowd control problems to respond to one lone, isolated incident.

The way this was managed was incredulously bad. Zero crowd control, zero method to prevent tramples, injuries, theft, or the ability of emergency personnel to respond to an incident. Families getting separated with no way of finding each other again (too bad if you didn't have your ticket!) and beign told they can't wait for the rest of their family members inside security.

Nothing about this was warranted. The way it was handled was headshakingly poor.

Nothing warrants this ridiculous response to security. If I had children, I wouldn't have attended due to the poor/nonexistant crowd control. I am disappointed that these security "improvements" were not announced prior to my purchasing of season tickets this year, or I would not have purchased them. My money is not worth the hassles we're now being forced to endure as fans who paid good money.

I will not advise anybody attend a Falcons game until this has been either reversed or, if ridiculous and ineffectual security policies are required, handled in a vastly different way. Hit them in the pocket book.

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