Sunday, January 10, 2016
Anime Boston: Good Security Checks, Bad Crowd Controls
There is one thing I miss though. It probably would have made the atmosphere at the security check slightly less intimidating for some (Ninja101 says: I feel like the more security you have makes it more intimidating, like an armed guard). I’m talking about the bomb sniffing dog. It’s possible I didn’t notice it. I saw one last year at the main entrance, but this year, didn’t see any at all. Unless you are afraid of or don’t like dogs, these quiet friendly animals tend to provide the best relief and comfort.
Here comes the bad. It was Friday and we were all pumped and ready to have a good time. Then you encountered a line…a line that went outside into the cold! We were coming from inside the hotel and had to walk outside the threshold across the gift shop and make a small loop back inside the same doorway. Saturday was worse! We were inside the mall trying to get back to our hotel without going outside. Guess what? Security told us to go outside AROUND the whole block to get back into the Sheraton Hotel. Why did no one warn us beforehand?! Not all of us had jackets! The wind was cold! I was cold in my cosplay. What were they going to do if it rained, make us walk in it and then possibly get sick?
One of the best things about Anime Boston is their indoor environment (Ninja101 says: Lots of people are not lucky enough to get into the Sheraton hotel, so it’s not always an indoor environment.). I was able to go to and from the Sheraton Hotel to the convention through the mall. Now I’m just disappointed; I lost that convenient feature. I sincerely hope they improve on how they direct the crowd during heavy traffic times. There has to be another solution instead of having us already indoor attendees walk in cold or possibly rainy weather. Maybe they’ll be nice and give us some overhead coverage if we have to walk in bad weather. Whatever the solution is for next year, I hope that I won’t experience the same unexpected nuisance as this year.
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