Some Find Frustration in Inauguration's 'Dry Run'
UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Heidi Plott, 46, an IT professional from Alexandria, said she and her friends arrived at about 1:30 p.m. and waited on lines on both sides of the Mall before finally being told that the security checkpoints had closed.
"We didn't know what was going on with the entrances. They weren't announcing anything was closed," she said.
Plott, who grew up in the D.C. area, said she recalled many past concerts and events on the Mall that were open and didn't involve security checkpoints. "It's so much more difficult now," she said.
She said the National Guard soldiers lining the fences along the entryways to the Mall didn't have any information about where arriving spectators could go to pass through security lines.
"We got the best info from the landscape guys," she said.
"This is the first disappointment of the weekend," said Bill Randall, 63, a businessman from Philadelphia who got to a checkpoint on the south side of the Mall only to learn that it was closed. He said he was disappointed there weren't more Jumbotrons on the south side of the Mall so people could watch.
As for Tuesday's inauguration, he said, "We're going to watch at home -- and then go dance."
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Post reporters Michael Birnbaum, Tom Jackman and Michael Taylor: All checkpoints have been closed and will stay closed for the duration of the concert. The Mall is a sea of people between the Lincoln and Washington memorials, and a large number of people apparently were turned away.
2:30 p.m.: Thousands of people waiting in a security line near the World War II Memorial found the entrance closed and are being sent to another gate, with few answers coming from authorities, reports the Post's Eric M. Weiss.
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