Secret Service agents keep watch on Pennsylvania Avenue, near reviewing stands in front of the White House from which the inaugural parade will be watched on January 18, 2009 in Washington, DC. Inaugural preparations continue throughout the city for President-elect Barack Obama to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Spectators at inauguration events should prepare for tight security, long lines and downtown road closures.
Inauguration-goers will be screened at security checkpoints Monday, but officials hope that additional metal detectors and staff will help ease the congestion. There are flight restrictions in the skies over Washington and extra security on the waterways. There's also a long list of prohibited items, including glass containers, large signs and bicycles.
Security appeared generally light over the weekend around the National Mall, where thousands of people milled about and attended events like a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Protesters are expected at various spots along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route. A small group of anti-abortion demonstrators picketed near the White House on Sunday.
The Associated Press