Stores stocking up on clear bags as more venues make security changes

Breed & Co. in Austin sells clear plastic bags which are allowed inside the Erwin Center and has the new clear bag policy posted. (KXAN Photo/ Alyssa Goard).
Breed & Co. in Austin sells clear plastic bags which are allowed inside the Erwin Center and has the new clear bag policy posted. (KXAN Photo/Alyssa Goard).

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias will perform at a concert at the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday night and fans will notice new security requirements for what they can bring inside.

The University of Texas confirms this concert is the first non-basketball event at the Erwin Center to feature the new clear bag policy.

The policy has been in place at UT athletics events since Aug. 1, but is new to the Erwin Center this month. UT explained that the policy is in place to speed up the process of getting fans inside the center — because clear bags take less time to check — and to prevent people from bringing prohibited items inside.

Stores like Breed & Company in Austin are already stocking and seeing a demand for clear bags from shoppers. They even have the restrictions for the new policy posted in their store so consumers know which bags qualify. Mary Gilbreath with Breed & Company said that these bags have been very popular already for athletic events.

“They specifically come in to get the clear bag at the store, sometimes they come the morning of the game day to get their bags,” Gilbreath said.

Under this policy, people can bring clear bags, 12 inches by 12 inches and 6 inches wide. Alternatively, you can bring a one gallon, clear, resealable bag. You can bring one of those per person.

Small clutch bags and purses don’t have to be clear, but they cannot be larger than 4.5 by 6.5 inches.

This policy is similar to the one many university stadiums and professional stadiums are adopting nationwide.

The new UT clear bag policy. UT Austin graphic.
The new UT clear bag policy. UT Austin graphic.

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