What's Prohibited Where
Many readers have been writing in to ask us about what they can and can't bring to inaugural events. Prohibited items for inauguration day have been popping up a lot in the news lately, but the reports don’t provide a full picture of what’s forbidden and what’s not. To make things easier, the following list is a compilation of some prohibited items, according to information provided by inauguration commitee, Secret Service and Metro officials.
- No firearms (real or simulated)
- No mace or pepper spray
- No fireworks or other explosives
- No animals other than service animals
- No knives, blades or sharp objects
- No pocket or hand tools such as the “Leatherman”
- Security screeners have the power to prohibit any items that may pose a threat to the security of the event.
- No tents or that includes no camping out
- No glass bottles-
- No alcohol
- No bicycles for the entire inauguration weekend
- No signs or placards more than 18 inches by 18 inches
- No signs or placards affixed to a pole
- No using metro bathrooms -- they will be closed for security purposes
- No parking at Greenbelt, Van Dorn Street or Morgan Boulevard stations
- No plastic or checks for Metro parking -- cash only
- No bicycles
- No backpacks, large bags, suitcases or duffel bags. Bags smaller than 8 inches by 6 inches by 4 inches are allowed.
- No aerosol cans, which could include silly string
- No coolers
- No thermal or glass containers
- No chairs or strollers
- Signs are allowed, but only if they are no more than 3 feet in length, 20 feet wide or a quarter inch thick. They must be made out of poster board, cardboard or cloth.
- Cameras are allowed; tripods and camera bags are not
- No staking out spots until 7 a.m.
- Ticketed attendees only
- No strollers
- No laser pointers
- No umbrellas
- No posters
- No food or beverages, but small snacks are allowed
- No thermoses or coolers
- No backpacks, large bags, suitcases or duffel bags
-- By Brittany Levine
Christopher Dean Hopkins
December 31, 2008; 4:50 PM ET
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