Mariners, MLB to start using metal detectors

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SEATTLE — Fans attending Mariners games at Safeco Field will have to walk through metal detectors starting with the 2014 opener.

The Mariners announced the additional security screenings on Tuesday. They comply with a mandate from Major League Baseball that all teams have a screening program in place by the start of the 2015 season.

“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said.

The Mariners will have fans use walk-through magnetometers when their tickets are scanned at all public entrances. Fans who do not want to use the walk-through metal detectors will have the option of being checked with a handheld device.

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