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Items Prohibited or Restricted at the London Olympics

With an 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 The British military has taken high-profile measures, from deploying over 17,000 soldiers inside and outside of London during the games to atop 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

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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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