Heading to watch the Boston Marathon? Leave these banned items at home

Organizers are asking spectators to leave backpacks, coolers, and blankets behind.

Boston police check bags of spectators near the finish line before the start of the 120th running of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
Boston police check bags of spectators near the finish line before the start of the 2016 Boston Marathon. –Gretchen Ertl / Reuters

If you want to clinch a choice viewing spot for the 2018 Boston Marathon, you’ll want to get through any security checkpoints as fast as possible—so come prepared.

The Boston Athletic Association has a list of items banned from the route and any official venue. The BAA says spectators should expect plenty of uniformed and plainclothes police officers along the entire 26.2 mile course, as well as security checkpoints.

“Spectators along the course, or within any official BAA venue are discouraged from possessing any of the items listed below,” the BAA says on its website. “Possession of any of these items may result in delays when passing through security checkpoints and enhanced screening.”

  • Backpacks, over-the-shoulder-bags, suitcases, and other rolling bags.
  • Coolers, glass containers, cans, and anything that can hold more than a liter of liquid.
  • Large blankets, comforters, duvets, and sleeping bags.
  • Bulky items larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches, like handbags or packages.
  • Costumes that cover the face or extend from the body.
  • Props, like sporting equipment or military and fire gear.
  • Weapons, including firearms, knives, and mace.
  • Fireworks, explosives, fuels, and other flammable liquids.

Public safety officials have also called the entire race course a “no drone zone,” so spectators will have to skip the aerial snapshots of those running and watching below.

Banned items. —BAA.org



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