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Items banned from Flight 93 ceremony

Friday, September 06, 2002

By Tom Gibb, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Those planning to attend Wednesday's memorial service for United Airlines Flight 93 will be restricted as to what they can bring along.

State police have issued a list of items that have been banned from the memorial site near Shanksville, Somerset County.

Some of the obvious items are guns, knives of any size, sticks or poles that could be used as weapons; anything sharp, including knitting needles and scissors; and pepper spray.

Other items banned include baby strollers and lawn chairs, laser pointers, and backpacks, coolers and large bags, although purses and diaper bags will be allowed as long as they don't exceed 9-by-9 inches.

State police said people will be allowed to bring what water or food they can carry by hand as well as children's juice boxes and necessary medical items.

Security personnel will search all items and exclude anything they consider threatening, police said.

Cars will not be permitted at the site. Off-site parking lots have been established in Somerset, Friedens and Jennerstown, with a bus area for handicapped people at Camp Allegheny, along Route 30 five miles east of Stoystown.

Free shuttle bus service will begin at 6 a.m. and continue for approximately 90 minutes following the conclusion of the memorial ceremony.

The service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Tom Gibb can be reached at tgibb@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1601.

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