Six flags answer to line jumping.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 6:00 PM

I was at six flags this holiday weekend, and noticed this while in line.

Is this really the best way to stop line jumpers?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 6:07 PM

Was that, by any chance, on Batman? Because on THAT ride, it would work remarkably well. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 6:08 PM

They had the sign in most of the coaster lines, but the one in the picture was from georgia cyclone.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 7:19 PM

Awesome. I can't remember if it was mentioned in another thread here or not. But, some sporting venues are instituting a procedure where you can send messages to security via text messages to report unruly guests.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 10:16 PM

So how does this work?

You call the number, security shows up a few minutes later. Do you have to identify or describe the line jumpers? They'll say they didn't do it (if they're not already off the ride). So unless they're actually seen by security, then what?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 10:30 PM

They probably get away with it which has happened the few times I have seen line jumpers reported to security. Very little of SF's code of conduct seems to be enforced.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 10:42 PM

Heck, I'd be calling every time I saw someone go through the Flashpass line. Security would really start to dislike me after a few hours. :)

Sorry. I just HAD to go there.

Seriously, though, it's a good idea in concept, but I'm with RGB on this one. Any time I've told security, as a guest, about line jumpers, They look at me as the one with a problem.

However, when I was a park employee for CF and Universal, when I would call, security was there within a minute or two.

I see this sign as more of a deterrent. It's probably there more to scare those thinking about cutting more than anything.

Last edited by LostKause, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 10:44 PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 10:50 PM

^agreed with the last part. I think the same thing about highway signs that say the roads are radar-enforced from planes/helicopters.

And way to spin this into more bashing of flash passes haha

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:54 PM

People expect it from me, so I deliver form time-to-time. :)

Be careful around those "Enforced by aircraft" areas. A really good friend of mine was speeding past one of those road signs once, and a police helicopter landed in front of our car, with flashy lights and a siren, an officer got out, and wrote him a ticket? ...Or I am telling you a tall tale. lol

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:42 AM

Gee, I'm gullible.

I was really getting into your story...until I read the last sentence. Haha

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:04 AM

Seriously, though, at least here in Ohio, they do speed enforcement from aircraft, and nobody builds a box that can detect it. The spotter in the airplane clocks the target vehicle against the marks on the road using a stopwatch and a calculator, then radios a cruiser to take the speeder down. All done visually, so there's nothing to detect.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:27 AM

You mean other than the small plane flying along side the highway? :) Most of the way from Cincy to Columbus on I-71, and anywhere on I-75 (if they're used there) they're a dead giveaway. I've even seen them up around my old stomping grounds in Cleveland from time to time.

The best way to avoid getting a ticket is to, uh, not speed.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:35 AM

I never get cought by the airplanes. I speed, drive into a parking garage, and switch cars.

Works every time.:)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 6:21 AM

You forgot the part about pressure-spraying the paint off your car. :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 9:37 AM

I do know that at Cedar Point you can call the hotline there for the CP police. If you see a line jumper their, and more than your group can attest to it, they will pull the guilty person right out of line. This also works for someone smoking in line. I have seen it done numerous times, and I have actually called before (besides it's good entertainment in the middle of summer for +1hr lines.)


Wednesday, June 2, 2010 10:24 AM

RideMan said:
Seriously, though, at least here in Ohio, they do speed enforcement from aircraft,

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has a plane they keep camped out at the Sandusky Airport. They use it for patrol along the Turnpike and Route 2. You can see it parked in its hanger, which is the one closest to the terminal.

As for the topic, I like this. While I am sure they get a few calls a day, I see it more of a deturrent like Travis said. Maybe more parks should try this out?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:41 PM

^Using aircraft to catch line cutters would be a little bit of overkill. ;)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 2:38 PM

How about using predator drones?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 3:23 PM

Why not plain clothes security? :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 3:37 PM

@tambo: Why not *uniformed* security? I dont think that "catching" line jumpers is the ideal solution. The ideal solution is *preventing* line jumping. By having an actual uniformed agent there, perhaps people wont even try to line jump.

(to jump on the speeding angle) Around here in No VA, they have started putting police cars in very conspicous places. I'd say 90% of the time, the crusiers are empty, but people still tend to slow down anyway. They arent getting a lot of tickets written, but they help reduce speeding.


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