Tourists using self stick
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Three cheers for Los Angeles’ Getty Center, New York City’s MoMA, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C. The three museums have banned selfie sticks on their heavily trafficked grounds.

In an article on Mashable, several museum directors said the move is designed to protect the art, but noted no accidents with the accessory have happened yet. (They’re not alone in their concern—several other museums have adopted similar policies, Arsenal Football Club in London barred the sticks from their stadium out of fear they could be used as a weapon in a fight, and a selfie, without the stick, likely caused a fatal Colorado plane crash earlier this week.)

Most museums that allow photography haven’t banned selfies, just the stick, which they lump with other prohibited equipment like tripods. With sincere hope that this is a growing trend, we also encourage public transportation, gyms, beaches and other cultural institutions to consider the same.