CES Implements Major New Security Measures

New procedures include bag checks, body screening and armed police officers.


Due to recent global tragedies, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced new security procedures for CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Attendees will see police officers in armored gear and explosive detection dogs throughout various CES facilities.

There will also be major bag restrictions as additional security measures that you will need to know before coming to CES.

The CTA said there are no known credible threats against CES 2016, but it still remains in close consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and local law enforcement officials.

“We are implementing these enhanced measures with the goal of maintaining the safety of all of our guests – attendees, exhibitors, members of the media – and show personnel while creating as little inconvenience as possible.”

New Rules for CES 2016

Luggage may not be brought into official CES exhibit and conference areas. This means no suitcases at the venues.

Sorry, no rolling bags of any size. This includes luggage, carry-ons, laptop and computer bags and rolling luggage carts.

Only two bags, each smaller than 12” x 17” x 6” (30 cm x 43 cm x 15 cm), may be brought into official show premises. CES exhibitors and credentialed members of the press may receive specific exceptions.

Bags will be searched. We suggest you use clear bags (mesh, plastic, vinyl, etc.) to expedite this process.

Bags and backpacks with many pockets are not helpful. Pockets slow search times.

What to Expect On-Site

Bags will be searched. We suggest you use clear bags (mesh, plastic, vinyl, etc.) to expedite this process.

Everyone will be subject to metal detector screening and body pat downs upon entering show premises. CTA will conduct searches at specific points to ensure quick and easy access to exhibit halls and reduce the number of times you have to go through security.

Bag check availability at show venues will be extremely limited. Please keep this in mind if you are bringing your luggage to the show. Please allow extra time for checking and retrieving your luggage.

Expect more security and law enforcement personnel both inside and outside of show properties.

As precautionary measures only, you will see police officers in armored gear and explosive detection dogs throughout various CES facilities.

While we will be as sensitive to lines and inconvenience as possible, you can expect delays entering show facilities.

Helpful Tips

Avoid bulky clothing.

Leave bags and luggage at your hotel.

Limit bags you carry to two and make sure they fit size requirements.

Use clear, vinyl or mesh bags to expidite bag search process.

All attendees must have an official CES badge and government-issued photo ID before entering CES show venues. Keep both close by as you enter official show venues.

Pre-registering on-line and picking up your badge at the airport or hotel is strongly encouraged. A list of badge pickup locations can be found here.

Build time into your schedule for screening delays.

Plan ahead to avoid continuously changing venues. Use the official CES App to help you navigate the show.

Do not bring luggage to show venue your last day in Las Vegas.




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Steve Crowe · Steve Crowe is managing editor of Robotics Trends. Steve has been writing about technology since 2008. He lives in Belchertown, MA with his wife and daughter.
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