Selfie Sticks Now Prohibited at Some Major New Jersey Venues
The photo-taking tool known as a selfie stick has only just begun gaining traction among the younger crowd and avid travelers, but venues and attractions throughout New Jersey are already including these devices on their lists of prohibited items.
On the venue's website, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford includes a ban against selfie sticks, which clamp onto one's cell phone and allows them to take a photo at a distance further than their arm's reach.
At Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, General Manager Fran Rodowicz said there are no specific rules against the sticks, but they most likely wouldn't be allowed inside the building.
"Anything that could potentially be used as a weapon is not accepted," he said.
The sticks, meanwhile, were recently banned from the Coachella and Lollapalooza music festivals scheduled for later this year in California and Illinois.
Jacqueline Verdier, CEO of selfieonastick.com, said she disagrees with the bans, noting that when they first designed the product, they imagined it being used in crowded areas such as concerts and festivals
"I think it is a bit of an overreaction and a disservice to attendees, by limiting their ability to really memorialize and also share their experience," she said.
And with mobile devices becoming the primary mode of taking pictures, Verdier said, selfie sticks let people get the best shot without needing to hand their phone, and all of their personal information, to a complete stranger.
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson included selfie sticks in their winter discussion about 2015 policies and ultimately decided that they would be allowed inside the park, which permits monopods but not tripods. But the sticks, just like phones and cameras, will not be allowed on the rides.
There are no policies related to selfie sticks at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, according to a spokesperson.