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The New York Times reports this morning that "as they prepare to host tens of millions of holiday visitors, three of America’s biggest theme park operators — Disney, Universal and SeaWorld — on Thursday reacted to heightened security concerns by installing metal detectors outside their gates."

The companies will take differing approaches to customer screening, but "after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., the theme park companies felt they had no choice but to make security much more visible. The metal detectors were not installed because of any specific threat, but rather as an added deterrent that would help make families feel safer in crowds, according to a Disney executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the company bans the public discussion of its security practices."
KC's View:
I hate to say it, but I have to wonder when and what it will take for major retailers to begin installing security equipment designed to screen people as they enter their stores, as opposed to just when they leave to prevent shoplifting.

Hate to be cynical, but it strikes me more as a matter of "when," not "if."