[Talk-us] A note about bags and security at SOTM-US

Bonnie Bogle bonnie at mapbox.com
Thu Jun 4 13:56:52 UTC 2015

Hi everyone,
Thanks for the questions on backpacks at State of the Map US this weekend. We have to follow the standard UN security policies, which limit bags to those smaller than 14" wide x 13" high x 4" deep. We don't know how specifically these policies are followed in person, but to avoid any problems getting in on Saturday we recommend sticking to them as closely as you can.

We also recommend giving their list of what's permitted a thorough read: http://visit.un.org/content/security.  

You can expect a process much like airport security when you get to the building.

See you soon!


> On Jun 4, 2015, at 9:31 AM, Richard Welty <rwelty at averillpark.net> wrote:
> On 6/4/15 2:03 AM, Toby Murray wrote:
>> Well ok, I guess this is primarily targeted at anyone who was planning
>> on bringing a backpack. I'm sure I can fit what I need for a day in a
>> bag this size as well. But any "normal" backpack is going to be 16-18
>> inches tall and too large for the UN. This is what I have used at
>> previous conferences because it's what I happen to have and I've seen
>> plenty of others with backpacks as well so I thought it was worth a
>> warning. And while my laptop bag IS on the large side, it is by no
>> means an unreasonable size to grab as a carry-on for an airplane ride
>> and expect to use at the conference once you get there. Again, I've
>> certainly seen 16-18" briefcases and laptop bags at other conferences
>> so it is worth double checking.
> i'd like some clarification on this as well. i have a rather standard
> sized shoulder bag for my laptop and it's 3 inches too wide. in fact, a lot
> of laptops are too big to fit the maximum sized bag listed. my
> macbook air is 13" wide, i will need to scramble to find a conforming
> 14" wide bag before tomorrow at lunch time. a 15" laptop would
> be problematic.
> richard
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