What is a large bag -- that's the question if you pack to view a launch ...
I received a sheet of instructions together with my launch viewing tickets. On the first pages, It is recommended that I bring a couple of things with me:
What should I bring with me?Obviously, that's a lot to carry. But then, the security section of the instructions document reads as follows:
The launch viewing area is an open field that is standing room only. You are free to bring blankets and compact “umbrella-style” folding chairs that are carried in shoulder bags, but flat folding chairs, lawn chairs and large beach umbrellas are not permitted. For muggy summer launches, you should bring insect repellant and sunscreen. Don’t forget your camera; a shuttle launch is the ultimate photo opportunity. The viewing area is 6 miles away from the shuttle launch pad. Some people bring binoculars, telescopes and tripods, cameras and long-range lenses. Because sound travels slower than light, you will SEE the shuttle launch before you hear it, so watch!
The following items are NOT permitted at the Visitor ComplexOK, so I am not permitted to use my backpack to bring things in. But what is a "large bag"? I neither like to end up with my belongings in paper bags nor do I like to be not allowed to bring them in into KSC. To me, it currently is a mystery (maybe a language issue not being a native English speaker - is "large bag" well defined? It all boils down to "what do I need to pack today"?
All bags, purses and other items will be opened and inspected at the Visitor Complex. If any of the above items are discovered, you will be required to return them to your vehicle. If the items are confiscated for security reasons, they will not be returned.
- Firearms of any type (with or without a permit)
- Ammunition (live or spent)
- Pepper/mace sprays
- Knives of any size
- Box cutters or like items
- Nail clippers with knife blades
- Any other sharp/pointed items, including pointed scissors or nail files
- Backpacks, coolers, luggage or other large bags
- Outside food items
- Large Beach umbrellas
- Lawn or folding chairs (blankets are permitted)
I'll inquire at KSC and hope to get an answer. I'll also try some forums. If you happen to know it, I would also be very grateful if you let me know. This is really a distracting question for me, even though it probably looks funny. And look at my picture above -- I have even photographed my bags, so that size can be know. Are they "large bags"? Or is it OK to enter KSC with them on launch day (you may want to click on the picture for a higher resolution one ...).
As I have said -- feedback is deeply appreciated ... When I find something out, I'll let you know.
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