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Solution to NFL Football Arenas Instituting Strict Bag Rules

This isn’t directly related to carry-on luggage for air travel, but I wanted to make a quick recommendation for a product I regularly use.

This week, the U.S. National Football League announced a systemwide policy that prohibits taking any bags into an arena for one of their football games. I suspect this is the NFL’s way of dealing with the need for heightened security in the aftermath of the bombings during the Boston Marathon earlier this year. After all, if you can’t take in even a normal-sized purse of a fanny pack, you can’t sneak in a pressure cooker, right?

The NFL is allowing small clutch purses “no bigger than your palm.” They are, however, allowing you to take a bag that’s transparent. My solution? A Tom Bihn 3D Clear Organizer Cube.

The Tom Bihn 3D Clear Organizer Cube offers a good solution if you want to take a purse or small everyday carry into an NFL stadium. Photo courtesy TomBihn.com.

The Tom Bihn 3D Clear Organizer Cube offers a good solution if you want to take a purse or small everyday carry into an NFL stadium. Photo courtesy TomBihn.com.

The Tom Bihn 3D Clear Organizer Cube is a good solution for taking a “purse” in to an NFL stadium.

Mind you, the organizer is on the smaller side, but you should be able to fit your wallet, sunglasses, game ticket, mobile phone, small tube of sunscreen, lip balm, comb, tissue, and a few other items that you might not want to have taking up all your pocket space.

The organizer is $22, and for an additional $3.00 you can add an adjustable shoulder strap that lets you wear it as a crossbody bag.

If you want to argue that it’s a clutch, I would suggest also picking up one of Tom Bihn’s Handle Loops for another $3.00 so you can carry it like a clutch.

Ladies—if you have anything you don’t want others to see, I suggest taking a handkerchief or bandana with you. Once you’re inside, unfold your handkerchief and line the inside of the organizer with it so the panels are no longer easy to see through.

With all the different colors the organizer cube comes in, I bet you can even get one that coordinates with your favorite NFL team’s colors.