CTA implements new bag restrictions, enhanced security measures for CES 2016
In the wake of numerous global tragedies over the past few weeks, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) said that it will be implementing enhanced security measures at its upcoming CES 2016 show in Las Vegas. CTA stressed that there are no known, credible threats against CES, but the association will use the heightened awareness as a precautionary measure and to produce a safer event.
"We want a safe CES. The safety of our guests is a top priority," Gary Shapiro, president and CEO at CTA, said in a statement. "Our goal is for all of our guests - general attendees, exhibitors and members of the media- along with show personnel, to have a productive, fun and safe experience at CES while being sensitive to lines and inconvenience."
Here’s a look at what the enhanced measures include:
- No luggage will be allowed into official CES exhibit and conference areas.
- Bag check availability will be extremely limited.
- No rolling bags of any size, including luggage, carry-one, laptop or computer bags, and rolling luggage carts. (This has been a standard CES policy.)
- Per attendee limit of two bags that must measure smaller than 12” x 17” x 6” on official show premises. Exceptions apply to exhibitors and members of the press. (Thank heavens.)
- There will be bag checks. Clear bags are suggested to help expedite the process.
- Every CES attendee will be subject to metal detector screening and body pat downs upon entering show premises. CTA will conduct searches at specific points to ensure “quick and easy access to exhibit halls and reduce the number of times you have to go through security.”
- Heavy and bulky clothing is discouraged as it slows down the screening process.
Enhanced Security Personnel:
- CTA said to expect more security and law enforcement personnel to be stationed both inside and outside of show properties.
- And, as a precautionary measure, there will be police officers in armored gear, as well as explosive detection dogs throughout CES facilities.
Registration and Identification:
- All attendees are expected to have their official CES badge on them at all times, as well as a government-issued ID
- Pre-registering online and picking up your badge at the airport or hotel is strongly recommended.
"While we know of no credible threat against CES, we remain vigilant. We are communicating with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and local law enforcement officials as we enhance security measures onsite at CES 2016," Shapiro said. "We greatly appreciate our guests' patience as we work to maximize security and minimize hassle. We want our attendees to conduct business and enjoy the magic and wonder of the next generation of technology innovation in a safe and secure environment."