NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Security measures in place for the “unprecedented challenge” of Pope Francis’ visit to New York City this month will include screening checkpoints, airspace restrictions and a ban on balloons, selfie sticks and backpacks at papal events, federal and city officials said Thursday.
As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported Friday, some have expressed concern that the pope’s presence could create gridlock on steroids in the city.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the pope’s visit, from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, will be considered a National Special Security Event, meaning the Secret Service will be the lead agency for security planning.
Screening checkpoints will be set up along the route of the pope’s motorcade and at events he will attend. Those hoping to catch a glimpse of his motorcade or who have tickets to a papal event will have to undergo airport-style security screenings. Also on a list of more than 25 items banned are weapons, glass or metal bottles, and signs.
Tickets are required to enter the motorcade viewing areas along Fifth Avenue and in Central Park. Authorities said they anticipate long lines.