The following is a non-exhaustive list of restricted items which may not be taken into an Olympic or Paralympic venue (LOCOG reserves the right to amend this list, generally, or in respect of any Venue or Session):
- food (save for baby food) – Because McDonalds needs it’s Olympic cash, thank you very much.
- alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (save for baby milk and other valid medical reasons) – Ditto
- liquids in containers of greater than 100ml in size
- needles (save as required for valid medical reasons) – Wonder if that includes knitting needles?
- animals (save for assistance or guide dogs)
- weapons (including knives) – Does that include yourself, if you’re a registered “lethal weapon” 🙂
- illegal drugs and other illegal substances – Yeah, only the athletes are allowed them
- fireworks, firecrackers – Hand grenades, mortars, missiles…
- poles, flagpoles, sticks
- large photographic equipment (including tripods) – Yeah, only tiny cameras as allowed
- bats – The nocturnal mammal would be banned under “animals”
- large umbrellas and other blunt instruments – Fingers?
- motorcycles, bicycles, roller-skates, skateboards, or other types of skates
- electronic transmitting equipment – Seriously, this would INCLUDE mobile phones
- flags of countries not participating in the Games, large flags or banners
- horns, whistles, drums, rattles, musical instruments, lasers or any other devices that in the opinion of LOCOG may disturb a Session – So laser are OK if they don’t disturb the session?
- objects bearing trademarks or other kinds of promotional signs or messages (such as hats, T-shirts, bags, etc) which LOCOG believes are for promotional purposes and counterfeit products – Because we wouldn’t want to upset the true owners of the Olympics, the sponsors. Can’t have a rival firms logo turning up on camera. Presumably they’ll have the “fashion police” on standby 🙂
- balls, rackets, frisbees or similar objects
- large quantities of coins – Does this mean they won’t be handing out change when you purchase drinks / food etc.
- advertising or promotional material of any kind – Does that include the official program?
- printed matter bearing religious, political or offensive content or content contrary to public order and/or morality – Morality according to whom?
- bottles or containers made of glass or other material, flasks, thermoses, refrigerators – REFRIGERATORS!?
- large objects such as suitcases or bags, and in general any material that LOCOG may deem dangerous or that may cause damage or disruption to a session. – Any material? Paper for example, ever get a paper cut? Ouch!