I’ll admit at times I’ve ridden with my cell phone in my pocket, but they’ve been in zippered cargo pockets. More and more, I’ve been leaving items in the bins in the station, assuming they’ll most likely be there when I return, or I’ve been leaving them with a non-rider as I did with Wild Eagle earlier this week.
I know that it’s a pain to leave things in lockers or with someone else, but if we want fast, exciting roller coasters we might have to part with our cell phones for a few moments. And please, do not create your own roller coasters videos with your cell phone. Leave it to the pros who have mounted their cameras on the trains. More on that here: Why I’m Against Sneaking Cameras on Roller Coasters & Some Alternatives
Parks are doing what they can to keep us safe, but riding with things that can fall from the train are really on us.
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I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing more parks add metal detectors (like Universal Orlando) and possibly even prohibit riders from wearing items such as hats and sunglasses. Guests can be hit by objects that are flung from riders, these items can fall on the tracks, or guests can try to retrieve them as was the case here.
Bottom line: If you lose something on a ride ask park employees if they can retrieve any items for you. Or do not take items like cell phones and keys on roller coasters in the first place.