Keeping People Safe at Large-Scale Events
It is a sad reality that large-scale events are a magnet for individuals who are looking to do their fellow man harm. An example of a large-scale event that has the potential to attract nefarious individuals is large music festivals. For this reason, it is almost impossible to enter a turnstile gate at one of these large events without undergoing some form of search.
Some people might find these searches intrusive and annoying. However, the truth of the matter is that it is unlikely that these searches are going to change. If anything, one should expect to see more security at large events. In addition to using turnstiles to control the flow of and count traffic, it is also likely that a person may see more security guards as well as drug sniffing dogs.
Of course, a balance needs to be struck, and festival organizers are always trying to find that balance. They want their fans to be able to come in and enjoy listening to music and have a good time. However, they also want the people who attend the event to be safe. They want professional, reliable, and thorough security, but they do not want their security guards to be abusive.
It is important for venue attendees to understand what their rights are when they walk through the turnstile. For example, some venues will have their security guards randomly stop and search individuals as they come into the venue. The security guards will say that since your ticket says that you give implied consent or that the ticket constitutes a consent waiver, you were saying in advance that you are willing to be searched.
However, the courts don’t always accept or agree with the power of these implied consent waivers. For example, they may ask if the ticket make it clear that you’re going to be searched. If not, then maybe the search is not legal. Or what if refusing to be searched deprived you of a benefit, such as attending the festival or attending the concert?
The point is, large venues cannot simply put up a sign saying that you agree to be searched and then blanket research a person without limitation. Understanding these rules and preparing for them can minimize any frustration felt when attending a large festival.
Security at large festivals is important. It keeps people safe, and it allows attendees at the venue to enjoy themselves in a relatively worry free environment.