In a state where you can legally carry concealed weapons by the armload, safety concerns are a fact of life. Airports, courtrooms, heck, even some schools have metal detectors. If you don't take issue with such searches, might we recommend another? After being closed in 1974 due to several suicides, the observation deck on the UT Tower reopened to the public last year. But don't think you can just stop by anytime the mood suits to enjoy the view. No, all visitors must pass through a metal detector and submit to a search. (Even UT employees in the tower after 5pm are subject!) A reservation is required, and all belongings must stay down below. That means no camera bags, purses, fanny packs, diaper bags, and especially nothing metal. You will be searched!
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