If you were hoping to make a grand political statement this summer, it probably won’t be at the Olympics. Following in the footsteps of 2008 host Beijing, London plans to step up their security game and ban “any objects or clothing bearing political statements.” They will also crack down on all those stupid noise-makers and fun in general. From The Independent:
“Balls, rackets, frisbees or similar objects or projectiles, noisemakers such as hunting horns, air horns, klaxons, drums, vuvuzelas and whistles” are all also on a two-page list of restricted items sent to all ticket-holders yesterday.
“Large flags (bigger than 1 metre x 2 metres), oversized hats, and large golf-style umbrellas” are also not allowed.
That all seems pretty reasonable. Especially considering what
European International fans are capable of when it comes to flags. There will also be strict food regulations to encourage fans to patronize McDonald’s. [The Independent]