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Prohibited Items at the Olympics

With an estimated price tag of $14.46 billion,the London Olympics has presented costly logistical and infrastructure challenges and has created the biggest peacetime security operation in the country’s history, costing an estimated $877 million.

The British military has taken high-profile measures, from deploying over 17,000 soldiers inside and outside of London during the games to placing surface-to-air missile batteriesatop residential buildings.

With so much emphasis on security, entering Olympic venues may make spectators feel like they are going through a check point at an airport. Just as airport security restricts certain items, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games has listed a range of things that are prohibited or restricted.

Restricted items — those that “may disrupt competition, obstruct the view of other spectators or create a safety hazard” — may be confiscated.

The committee suggests that spectators bring as little with them as possible, but in most cases spectators are allowed to bring one medium, soft-sided bag into venues that can fit underneath a seat or on a lap. The more a spectator brings, the longer it will take to pass through security.

So what are some of the prohibited and restricted items in 2012 Olympic venues? Although most of the items — weapons, alcohol, drugs, fireworks, liquids, spray paint and pets — are obvious, but some may surprise you. Click ahead for some of the most interesting examples.

For full Olympic safety and security information, click here.

By Paul Toscano & Morgan Giordano
Posted 25 July 2012

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