STOMPer Tuck Loong feels security measures at the premiere of The Amazing Spiderman at Lido Cinema on June 25 were excessive and made guests uncomfortable.
The STOMPer wrote:
"Full body metal detector security checks were conducted before entry into the cinema. Guests were also asked to raise their arm for metal detectors to be used on them and being asked to empty their pockets. There were also a 100% checks on all bags.
"The guests were also told to surrender their mobile phones, iPads, laptops, and had to line up again to claim them after the show.
"This is the first time I have been asked to raise my hands for a full sweep by the metal detector at any movie premiere.
"The procedure was not different from those seen at major sports events, National day parades, international conferences and those being enforced at the airport.
"After having experienced this, one must ask whether do we need to apply such extreme measures in a movie premier?
"According to the security firm, such security measures were done not to detect weapons, bombs or any undesirable materials but to prevent the entry of mobile devices into the cinema.
"Yes, there was a reminder that mobile devices aren't allowed into the cinemas in the invites but surely one must realise even with the notice, one cant just leave their devices elsewhere in such a short notice?
"I believe intellectual property laws in Singapore are adequate to prevent illegal activities such as the filming and distributing of copyrighted materials.
"Do we need to create uneasiness in a movie premiere by applying such drastic security measures? Do we need to humiliate guests watching a movie in such a manner?
"Mobile technology has changed our lifestyles and we should not totally ban the entry of mobile devices into movie premieres as one can be handicapped in an emergency.
"We could always use broad spectrum IR or thermal devices tuned to look out for patrons using their mobile devices or video/photographic capturing devices for any illegal activities.
"Having such heavy policing action makes the whole movie experience totally not enjoyable from the start.
"Perhaps, we can look into alternatives."