Officials are citing the Boston Bombing as a pretense to establish TSA checkpoints in sporting stadiums across the country. It has been announced that a standardization process was recently enacted which will place checkpoints at every single major league baseball game by 2015.
The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday that fans entering Safeco Field will have to walk through metal detectors starting with this year’s opening game.
Boston, the New York Mets, Oakland, Pittsburgh and San Francisco were among the teams that experimented with screening at times last year.
“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said Tuesday.
“We conducted testing of these measures at the All-Star game and at both World Series venues last year, and we were pleased that it was effective and received without issue from fans,” Teevan said.
The word “standardization” has become a buzz word for people advocating the expansion of the TSA.
“Every local airport has its own security arrangement with local police to some type of contract security force,” said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents the TSA. “There is no standardization throughout the country. Every airport operates differently. Obviously at L.A. there were a fair number of local police officers there.”
By telling us that this is a part of a standardization process, these representatives are letting us know that the TSA is not just for airports and now public events, but will eventually be implemented in many vital parts of American life.