Barclays Center Changes Security Policy After Metal Detector Controversy

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By: K. HIGz / October 16, 2012

When reports came out that Barclays Center “appropriately” abandoned their metal detectors for Barbra Streisand’s recent tour—after previously using them for all eight nights of Jay-Z’s shows—questions started to rise as to whether they felt a more “hip-hop” crowd posed more of a threat.

Now, the Atlantic Avenue monument has announced that they’re dropping the policy of using airport-style metal detectors at all events, “for the foreseeable future.”

According to The New York Post, fans and city officials blasted the difference as a “double standard,” but arena officials denied the different policy was racially motivated.

Barclays Center General Manager David Anderson stated, “We utilized the first two weeks since the arena opened as an opportunity to test different security methods. After witnessing long lines during events in which we used walk-through magnetometers, we began to utilize hand-held magnetometers at the Barbra Streisand concert Thursday evening. We found that this strategy allowed for quicker access into the arena, while maintaining safety and security.”

Councilwoman Letitia James addressed the situation, stating, “It should be one arena, one standard—safety. I congratulate Barclays Center for realizing we are all one.”

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