Metal Detectors

Oct 10 2011

Through various trials, errors, and suggestions by the Capitol Police, I have learned a few helpful tips in navigating through the Hill’s various metal detectors.  For those who would rather learn from my experience instead of their own, here’s a short list:

  1. Walk straight through the detector, without hesitation or hanging out in it (as cool as it might be), and modest belts and watches will not set off the buzzer.  If yours does, wear a belt with less metal next time.
  2. Coats go on the x-ray belt, suit jackets do not.
  3. If you use one of the plastic dishes for small items, put it back where you got it once it’s gone through.
  4. Consider putting small items (wallet, phone, etc) in your bag or briefcase before you arrive at the security point.  This is especially helpful if you are waiting in a long queue.
  5. If you lost your wallet, check with the most recent security point you passed through.

(Subject to additions and modifications.)



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