Sticking it to Milan

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Sticking it to Milan

In the age of the smart phone, one gadget has risen above all others as the travel accessory of choice – the selfie stick.
 
They were the ‘fad du jour’ for Christmas 2014, with a 300 per cent spike in sales on Amazon between September and November and one selling every 30 seconds on eBay. It seems Santa stuffed a selfie stick in just about everybody’s stocking that year!
 
These days, you’d be hard pressed to visit any city without dodging dozens of tourists brandishing them about in a bid to capture the perfect holiday snap.
 
But not everyone is a fan.
 
Authorities in Milan have imposed a ban on the “narcisstick”, with new regulations restricting tourists and locals alike from “holding, carrying, leaving on the ground, disposing of, or receiving any kind of glass bottles or containers, cans, and selfie sticks.”
 
Originally imposed as a trial until mid-August, Minister for Security, Carmela Rozza, has been recently reported describing the regulation as “renewable”, saying the ban would continue while it is needed.
 
Milan is just the latest in an increasingly long list of places to restrict the use of the devices. Disney theme parks introduced a ban in 2015, while the sticks are also forbidden in China’s Forbidden City and in several museums in New York including The Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art.
 
Some hi-tech models have also been prohibited in South Korea after findings suggested the Bluetooth communication used to trigger the shutter could interfere with industrial, medical, and scientific machinery. Selling an “unregulated” Bluetooth selfie stick in the country can now result in a US$27,000 fine, or up to three years in prison.
 
It appears the retractable poles may have reached the full extent of their popularity and could be on the way down.

2017-08-04T03:00:38+00:00