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The soccer team, Manchester United out of UK has banned laptops, tablets and other big devices from Old Trafford’s grounds. The team says that the crackdown reflects the “latest security intelligence” used by UK airports — it’s protecting fans from hidden explosives in devices that could do substantial damage. All but the largest smartphones should be fine, however, so you can still capture goals without fear of being kicked out.

Banning tablets also means that fans won’t have their view blocked by people trying to record every moment on their devices. In that sense, it’s echoing a brief decision by the New York Yankees to ban iPads after they first came out.

Do you think this is really about security and/or unobstructed views, or something more capitalistic like recording and streaming?

Manchester United won’t let you take laptops or tablets into its stadium.

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