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Security slightly more visible at M&T Bank Stadium following Paris attacks

Supportive signs hung and French flags flew from the stands of M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, and a moment of silence was held before the national anthem was sung, but little else changed before, during or after the Ravens' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Amid the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and injured more than 352 others, the NFL announced Saturday that it would beef up security at stadiums. One of the attackers in Paris reportedly tried to enter the Stade de France Friday during a soccer match between France and Germany, but was turned away when his explosive vest was discovered.

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Maryland State Police and Baltimore City Police, including K-9 units, were slightly more visible than usual outside of M&T Bank Stadium, and there seemed to be more stadium security personnel wearing their recognizable red windbreakers inside and outside the stadium. But lines to get inside were no longer than on an ordinary NFL Sunday, and search procedures were the same as they had been in the Ravens' previous three home games.

Kyle Niedererr, 43, said he noticed only the slightest of differences.

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"I did see a guy standing here for a little while with a security jacket on," said Niedererr, of York, Pa., as he smoked a cigar among other fans at Unitas Plaza outside of Gate A. "I didn't see him last game. There's a couple extra people."

In a statement released Saturday, the league called security "robust" and noted that the Department of Homeland Security and FBI were unaware of threats to games this weekend. The Ravens deferred comment on security to the NFL.

"In addition to our standard procedures ... there will be an increased security and law enforcement presence both inside and outside stadiums in the parking lots of our stadiums this weekend," the NFL's statement said. "We have been in contact with clubs hosting games to reinforce our standard procedures and the league's best practices."

Security at M&T Bank Stadium has steadily increased since Sept. 11, 2001. Backpacks, large bags, bottles, cans and weapons or items deemed dangerous are prohibited. Small bags are searched by security. This season, the Ravens installed 29 metal detectors, similar to those you would find in an airport. They also added 55 cameras to bring the total to 91.

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Charles Williams, of Manchester, said the changes have done little but slow the time it takes to get inside the stadium.

"Before this, when you could just walk in with your hands over your head, the line moved a lot faster," said Williams, 57. "Now, with the wand and the metal detectors, I guess they're doing what they need to do. No matter what gate you go in, you can get anything in. We've seen people walk in with the clear bags, with beer, with soda. It is what it is. Some people are more strict about their jobs than others."

Bill Zimmerman, a 56-year-old from Port Deposit, said the increased security was little more than window dressing.

"It's more of a hassle than it does help," he said. "There's just so many things that can be done. I think it's more of a show, to be honest with you. It holds us all up."

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