DENVER -- There’s a clear change at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. A new NFL league policy requires fans to bring only approved clear bags into stadiums.
According to the Broncos web site, the bags are supposed to “provide a safer stadium environment.”
It looks like a good idea, but that’s a false sense of security and it is a problem that’s existed for several years.
Two years ago, FOX31 Denver exposed gaping holes in Mile High’s security.
We managed to get a pipe and a fake gun through security. Also, on that same game day, a man who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon brought a real gun into the stadium.
In 2012, the NFL started requiring workers to wand all fans with a metal detector. But even with the metal detector wands, security failed to find a replica gun my purse. And, a firearms instructor slipped by with a revolver in his waistband after he was scanned from head to toe.
This year, we wanted to know if the new clear bags have cleared up the stadium’s security issues.
We placed a solid metal fake gun in a blanket and carried in a NFL approved plastic bag. A security worker quickly glanced at the bag then briefly touched the bottom. Another security screener used a metal detector to search the bag's carrier, but skipped the bag and within minutes, the fake gun was inside the stadium.
Mile High stadium refused our request for an interview and instead sent this statement:
“We are reviewing (your) report as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our security policies and procedures.”
We showed our video to Jamie Crippin, a former Colorado Bureau of Investigations Agent and security expert.
“This is a very glaring example of what should be caught," Crippin said. "You could have carried three or four grenades in that bag in place of the gun.”
Crippin pointed out, “If they’re going to wand you, they should wand the bag.”AlertMe