Manchester United has introduced some new technology-hating security measures for the upcoming football season, banning fans from bringing iPads into the club’s Old Trafford ground.
With the new Premier League season kicking off this Saturday, August 16, the club has warned fans that they will no longer be allowed to take large electronic devices in to the stadium on match days, with the move coming as part of “some changes to the Club policy”.
“As a result of the latest security advice, large electronic devices including laptops and tablets will be added to the existing list of prohibited items for match days at Old Trafford,” a statement on the team’s official website reads.
Detailing exactly what is meant by a ‘large electronic device’, the club adds: “Any electronic device that is larger than the maximum permitted dimensions of 150mm x 100mm. This includes laptops and tablet devices such as iPads (including iPad minis).
Although smartphones will still be permitted into the ground – assuming they are beneath the size restrictions – those looking to fill their trip to the game with a bit of tablet usage will need to think again.
The move follows requests from airports that passengers travelling to the US be able to power up all electronic devices in order for them to be permitted onto the aircraft.
Unlike these international transport hubs, however, Man United have stated the club does not have the security manpower to operate similar checks.
“The configuration of the stadium and arrival profile of spectators means that it is impractical to deal with individual requests of this nature,” the club’s statement reads.
“We apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause but we are committed to putting the safety and security of all supporters as our number one priority.”
It is currently unclear what will happen to barred devices seized from football fans on their way into the stadium. Ironically, the club's official store does still sell Mancheseter United branded iPad cases.
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