by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 01, 2016
For the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9, attendees were warned ahead of time about big changes in the bag and security policies.
"Due to recent global tragedies, we have new security procedures for CES," read the new restrictions. "We want you to have a safe CES experience." No luggage or rolling bags of any size were allowed,  and only two bags, each smaller than 12 inches by 17 inches by 6 inches, could be brought into official show premises. The policy also noted that "bags and backpacks with many pockets are not helpful" to the screening process.

Beyond bag searches, attendees were told to expect metal-detector screening and body pat-downs. For more details, read the full policy at

The need to establish such measures should be determined on a case-by-case basis, according to Bruce McIndoe, CEO of iJET International, a leader in travel and risk management.

"All exhibitions should not automatically beef up police presence," McIndoe said. "However, all exhibitions should conduct a formal risk assessment to include safety and security. Based on the assessment, the venue or the meeting managers should implement appropriate measures to mitigate potential threats."

Officials at IMEX America, the meetings industry show in Las Vegas, regularly follow such practice. "We continually seek advice on the level of security at our events from our host venues and immediately put in place all their recommendations," said Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group. "They are in continuous contact with the local police and security services about the latest situation and requirements."