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Manchester United Bans Large Electronics, Means No More Tablet Selfies

According to the newest set of prohibited items posted by Manchester United, large electronics (tablets, laptops) have been banned inside of the club’s UK stadium.

As most of us may know, whenever we are at sporting events, many people use tablets to take pictures and selfies, ultimately obstructing the view of other fans. Whether this is exactly what MU is trying to stop, they did not specify, only citing public safety. 

In the list, they mention the iPad Mini specifically, which is not that large of a device. Heck, even some phones are getting to be considered “large” by their standards, such as the Samsung Galaxy Mega. The Galaxy Note series is also bordering that large description.

If well received by the public, it is possible this rule spreads to more clubs overseas, as well as an adoption here in the US.

What do you think? Should tablets be banned at sports arenas due to their size?

Via: The Verge | Manchester United
  • MrMLK

    > The Galaxy Note series is also bordering that large description.

    Its not bordering, its over the line. The limit is 150×100, and the GN3 is 151.5. Well, I’m not giving up my phone, so I guess its time to transfer my allegiance to West Ham.

  • Emilio S.

    Sucks for Galaxy Note owners. Sure those will get confused as a tablet.

  • Chris Stuart

    I don’t think I will ever understand why people use tablets to take pictures/videos. The camera on your phone is probably better unless you have a dumb phone.

  • jimt

    Why would you drag a giant heavy iPad to an event instead of a small camera or even a DSLR if you really want pictures?

  • Higher_Ground

    This must be a professional sports problem, because I’ve never seen one at a college football game. Or maybe it’s that my team is interesting enough on their own? I can understand the appeal back before they had ENORMOUS video screens. Sitting in the worst seat in our 85k stadium, the video screen is still bigger than your phone’s screen with your arm stretched out ­čÖé

  • Higher_Ground

    Due to their size? No. I guess over in the UK it could be used as a weaon for techie holligans, but that seems rather far fetched. OTOH, I don’t think they really like you recording the match, so that might have more to do with it.

  • T4rd

    Every event coordinator should bad tablets from every public event. I just went to a daughter of a friend’s b-day party and a couple aunts/grandmas were taking pics of the party with their iPad. It took all I had to not say something about how horribad those pics were and you would be better off with a crappy point & shoot. But I was able to stifle my nerd vomit.

  • Green

    I went to a Redskins game (hubby is the Redskins fan. I’m a Broncos fan) and several people were using iPads to take pictures. A couple of them were in front of me and would hold them up during the game to take video. Very annoying.

  • regkilla

    That’s good. People taking pics with big iPads look like idiots.

  • Droid Ronin

    Every time I see someone taking a picture with a tablet at a stadium, I feel like dropkicking them.

  • Mike Aurin

    But Mr. Security, this is just my Note 3!

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  • Tony Byatt

    People taking photos and videos with tablets is just as annoying as people making videos in portrait mode…

    • hkklife

      No, the portrait mode iPhone users are the worst by FAR. I cannot fathom why every handset manufacturer doesn’t force their camera apps to default out of portrait video recording. At least due to the unwieldy size of most tablets, those pictures and videos end up in the proper landscape format.

      • MistaButters

        I’ve seen people take more portrait iPad pictures than I’d ever care to admit. I always want to run up and just smash the iPad.

  • monkey082506

    I do really enjoy seeing people take pictures with their cookie sheets though..I mean tablets.

  • Curmudgeon

    I think that “selfie” is actually short for “selfish, narcissistic, douchebag-ie”

  • El Big CHRIS

    Maybe everyone should do this. Every time I see people doing this, I lose faith in humanity

  • jimt

    Tablets are ridiculous for taking pictures with anyway. Use a camera people.

    • hkklife

      True story: Someone recently told me it was “gay” that I brought along a real P&S camera to a party instead of using my phone!! So it appears that the pinnacle of quality photo preservation was reached around 2008 or so and we have been on a deteriorating trend ever since then due to fixed-focus FF cameras, selfies, Instagram/filters, digital zooms, tablets and using portrait mode to capture everything.

      • T4rd

        Wow.. that’s pretty bad. What was your response to being called gay for it? Hah

        • TornyiBarnab├ísazIsten

          He’s forced that guy to grab his ankles and shoved an iPad up his anus.

  • Defenestratus

    Thats a cute highschool stadium.

    • Mike Aurin

      Sniff…smells douchey in here.

    • Higher_Ground

      well considering it’s bigger than 25 NFL stadiums…

  • Jes Marwaha

    Only if Arsenal did this…

    • Allen George

      ManUtd for life.