“Simply banning backpacks allows for the entry of weapons that can be hidden in a purse, briefcase, or computer case,” says Walter Enders, an economist and security expert at the University of Alabama. “Size is not really an issue since two individuals with computer bags can probably carry the same type of weapon as in one regular sized backpack.” (via Gothamist)
The article goes on to mention the issues with perimeter safety when it comes to stadiums. I’m still waiting on the fix to that one.
Nice job by Gothamist in asking an actual expert, which I was way too lazy to do.
The best way to stay safe is to stay home and buy yourself a nice giant TV. Then you don’t have to worry about rogue backpacks….