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The Boston Marathon Has Banned Backpacks After Last Year's Bombing — Is It Necessary??

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We totally get it, and we're sure others do too — but is this really what needs to happen?

The Boston Marathon, in light of the bombing that happened at last year's race, has banned backpacks. This includes handbags as well, and like we said — after two bombs killed three people last year, we completely understand.

But is it a necessary reaction?

The Boston Athletic Association said that their new solution is to have people put all their shizz in a race-provided clear plastic bag that will be stored at a gear-check area on Boston Common about a half-mile from the finish line. Things like deodorant, change of clothes, personal items — things that runners need.

Other than that, you'll have to look as lame as possible, because only fanny packs smaller than 5 by 15 by 5 inches will be allowed.

Drinking bottles are going to be limited to 1 liter as well.

Honestly it sounds like the TSA is stepping in or something! Other marathons have gone on since the tragedy without a hitch, and without these kinds of restrictions.

Police Commissioner William Evans says it's a way to:

"step our security up, but in a way that people shouldn't feel intimidated coming to this event."

Here's the real thing, though: spectators will still be allowed to carry backpacks!

They might be searched, but it's still ALLOWED. The awful humans that decided to take lives last year, they were considered spectators — not competitors.

Do U think this makes sense, or do you think the fear has gotten to us? Boston is WAY stronger than empty rules!

In the end, though, if this actually does make people safer — if it does stop something from happening — we suppose it's totally worth it.

We're torn. How do U feel about it??

[Image via AP Images.]

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2 comments to “The Boston Marathon Has Banned Backpacks After Last Year's Bombing — Is It Necessary??”

  1. Cheri @ Overactive Blo says – reply to this


    Of COURSE it's necessary. It's ridiculous to suggest otherwise

  2. 2

    Don't see a problem, they have this prohibition at Pearl Harbor.
    Long term they might want to look into providing lockers like Pearl does.