Except … what's this long line outside?
|Los Angeles DMV 1940|
|Denver Colorado International Airport|
Several years ago when I had my first court hearing in the Santa Barbara courthouse, it did not have any type of security checkpoint. I walked right in. At first I thought I was in the wrong place, because I'd NEVER been to a courthouse without a security checkpoint. I thought maybe I'd made a wrong turn and ended up at city hall or something. But nope, this was the courthouse. And it was a beauty.
|Santa Barbara County Courthouse|
Nowadays, especially in larger cities and counties, you're guaranteed to be confronted with a security checkpoint, and the long lines it creates. There's even a metal detector at Disneyland.
|Disneyland main entrance|
More on what to bring in a future post.
Do NOT bring with you: anything that might remotely be used as or considered a weapon, including aerosol spray, pepper spray, scissors, long metal knitting needles, nail clippers longer than about one inch, cigarette lighters, chains including wallet chains, large flashlights, sporting equipment, and (obviously) firearms, even if they're fake [finger guns are okay except don't show them while going through the security checkpoint].
|Leave this in your pocket while going thru security|
If security finds anything they don't like, you'll have to take it back to your car, which may be six blocks away. In the rain. Or if you're lucky [not lucky], snow. And right now your legs are sore and your shoes pinch and your hearing starts in less than five minutes. Option two is to throw the offending item in the trash can. Sometimes it's worth choosing option two.
Federal courthouses are usually much more strict than state courthouses, but no matter where you are, prepare yourself for a TSA-like screening so you're not surprised.
After successfully navigating the security checkpoint, collect all your personal property and get dressed again.
|Fortunately, this step is no longer fashionable|
Next week: you made it inside. Now where do you go?