Through the first week of the London 2012 Olympics, I have been to two ticketed events and I have yet to wait in a security line. We’ve all experienced a major event that has thousands of spectators and waited in the endless security lines. This is the experience I was expecting in London. It has been the exact opposite. There has been an abundance of staff and volunteers to help direct traffic and keep people moving so unnecessary lines to do not get created. The trick I have seen is the organizers have placed enough x-ray and metal detectors that even if there is a line it is continuously moving. This creates the illusion that you arent standing and waiting in line. Simple and genious.
The security has been very thorough but pleasant. They greet you with a smile and stern yet warm directions on how to go through the security. An insider tip is empty water bottles are allowed and can then be filled back up in the stadium. This is usually not allowed in the States. I have tried to sneak food snacks into the games, which have been found. The prices for food aren’t too outrageous and have been good for stadium food quality standards so sneaking in food won’t be necessary in the future.
Overall, the security company GS4 has received deserving bad press for under supplying the security staffing, however, the security personal on the ground has been trained well and are giving impeccable service.
Posted by olympian on August 3, 2012 | Filed under: Olympics.