Redskins instituting new pre-game search methods

The Washington Redskins announced Friday that in accordance with a new NFL policy, they will begin using hand-held metal detector wands to search fans entering FedEx Field, beginning Sunday against the New York Jets.

It is expected to take slightly longer to enter the stadium because of the searches and fans are encouraged to arrive earlier.

“The enhanced security system is part of the continued and comprehensive effort to ensure safety for all fans at FedExField,” Redskins Senior Vice President Tony Wyllie said in a statement. “Using metal-detecting wands is less invasive and fans won’t have to unzip or remove clothes in colder weather.”

Fans will be required to remove their keys, change, cell phones and other metal objects from their pockets before they are screened by security workers with metal detection wands.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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