MEMBERS of the Jack Army heading north for the start of the new football season on Saturday will have to do without their laptop computers or iPads.
Manchester United has banned all fans from taking the devices to matches at its Old Trafford stadium, saying it is reacting to “security intelligence”.
The club said the restriction was in line with new checks on electronic equipment at airports.
A statement on Manchester United’s website site said the ban covers a wide range of electronic devices from small tablets “including iPad minis” up to larger lap top computers. Smartphones are still permitted in the ground as long as they are smaller than 5.9in by 3.9in, as are small digital cameras.
The statement said: “ As a result of the latest security advice, large electronic devices including laptops and tablets will be added to the existing list of prohibited items for match days at Old Trafford.
“We apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause but we are committed to putting the safety and security of all supporters as our number one priority.”
Greater Manchester Police has said it was not involved in the decision.
In July the government announced airline passengers would need to be able to show that electronic devices carried in their hand luggage were genuine by turning them on, but Manchester United said such as approach was not practical at the stadium.
Ahead of Swansea City's match against Manchester United this Saturday, take a look at this quick guide to what you can and cannot take with you.
Items allowed in to Old Trafford:
- A small lens camera (3 inch zoom or less)
- Non-offensive flags or banners (max. size 2m x 1m)
- Small fold up umbrellas only
- Small bags or backpacks
Items banned from Old Trafford:
- Electronic devices larger than15cmx10cm
- Large bags and suitcases
- Large cameras
- All liquids, apart from a container of water 500ml and under with the top removed
- Prams or buggies
- Fireworks and flares
- Knives and weapons
- Poles or sticks
- Smoke or gas canisters
- Telescopic and long lens cameras