Theater-goers may have to submit their bags to inspection before they’re allowed to enter the theater, WBIR reports. “To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission,” the policy reads. “We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety.”
It’s not known how much the recent movie-theater shootings in Lafayette, La., and Nashville influenced the addition of the policy or how often customers will actually have to offer up their bags for a search. TIME’s requests for comment were not immediately returned.
The new policy does open by saying, “Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America.”
In Winter Park, Fla., one theater already has signs in front of the ticket counter that tell customers, “For the safety and comfort of all our guests: Backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to entry to this facility.” A theater manager confirmed to the website Click Orlando that the sign was part of the new policy, which has already prompted backlash on Regal’s Facebook page.
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