From CNN’s Inuguration Activities, things you can’t bring along (according to the U.S. Secret Service) include “firearms, ammunition, explosives, weapons of any kind, aerosols, supports for signs and placards, packages, coolers, thermal or glass containers, backpacks, bags exceeding size restrictions, laser pointers, animals other than helper/guide dogs, structures, bicycles and any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard.” Furthermore, “items surrendered to security officials will not be returned.”
Coolers will be unnecessary; it’ll be a chilly day, though the warmth of the crowd — similar to Times Square — should keep the apparent wind chill to a minimum. No backpacks or packages, so I guess you’ve got to carry food and drink (in plastic containers) on your person.
I was watching CNN while at the gym and heard that government officials are advocating that people not go to the Inauguration. In fact, people are being advised to stay home.
It seems I’m not the only person concerned about safety. And not from terrorist attacks, either. I’m far more concerned about having so many people crammed into a small area and the possibility of a panic.