Lowe's journal: Security tight, tight, tight ...

Published: Saturday | October 9, 2010 Comments 0

I swear, it's more difficult for accredited media representatives to get inside venues here at the Commonwealth Games to do their work than it is to smuggle.

Wait, I don't know anything about smuggling anything!

Anyway, you get the picture.

Airport security is nothing compared to the arrangements and protocols being observed here.

There is no compromise and it isn't worth arguing, your case seems to afford little to no results. Arguing with a security person here is like arguing with a wall - you simply won't get any response, and there is simply no way to go around it.

I have already lost a mini lotion, repellent, two bottles of Sprite, a pack of trident (gum), two AAA batteries that were lost in my bag, and enough Indian coins to start an account somewhere; not that they are worth much, anyway.

The process

So this is the process: Upon leaving your hotel room in the morning, whatever bag you are travelling with is scanned for explosives and other weapons, and you are then required to walk through a metal detector before getting a scan with a hand-held detector, all before you are able to board the bus that takes you straight to the media centre, non-stop.

Once at the media centre, the whole process is repeated. This time, however, anything that is deemed a possible threat is confiscated.

I almost forgot the large number of heavily armed military personnel that man these areas.

An Australian almost got himself in trouble over a pack of cigarettes, losing his temper after a senior officer told him that he could not enter the facility with them in his possession.

The process is repeated at every venue, so on average I go through these same procedures at least seven times on a daily basis, and more if I'm able to go to more than two venues on a particular day.

All things considered, even though it seems a little excessive at times and you get the impression that you are assumed to be a terrorist, this is a necessary inconvenience.

You may not feel that way while you're standing in long lines in the sweltering heat, but it certainly provides that slightly greater sense of assurance that at least personal safety is one thing less to worry about.

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