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Philly checkpoints for papal visit

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Security checkpoints in Philadelphia's Center City went up this morning in preparation for Pope Francis' visit this weekend. All who wish to witness the pope on Ben Franklin Parkway must pass through a metal detector and possibly be subject to a pat-down. When I passed through the checkpoint, my camera was turned off and on and then taken apart; my phone was also switched off and on; and I was patted down since I set off the metal detector alarm (likely because of the large zipper on my dress.)

According to the U.S. Secret Service, the following items are prohibited on Ben Franklin Parkway:



-Animals other than service/guide animals

-Backpacks and bags exceeding the size restrictions (18" x 13" x 7")



-Hard Coolers (Soft-sided thermal coolers are permitted)

-Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems



-Glass, thermal or metal containers

-Laser pointers

-Mace/Pepper spray


-Selfie Sticks

-Signs exceeding the size restrictions (5' x 3' x 1/4") made of any material except cardboard, poster board or cloth


-Supports for signs and placards

-Toy guns

-Weapons of any kind

-Any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard

Stoddard can be reached at cstoddard@catholicherald.com.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015