OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - If you're heading to AirVenture in Oshkosh, you might notice a much bigger emphasis on security. Changes are affecting each person who comes in through the gate.
About a half-million people are expected to attend the week-long AirVenture, which is why EAA officials say additional checks will conducted at the a gate to make sure people aren't bringing in stuff that could cause harm.
While bag checks are common at some venues now, it's a first for AirVenture.
Reaction is mixed.
"I mean, it needs to be done, what are you going to do? We don't like it, but that's life today. That's what happens," John Shaw from Florida said.
"I'm French, so we've been doing that for years in Paris, big cities in France and in Europe. So, it's something completely normal to me. And this is something you don't expect here because you know people, you know pilots, which you really like, but you never know," Pierre Duval said.
EAA security says it's mostly about safety, even though they're also looking to prevent outside food and drinks from coming in.
Butch Dodd with EAA security said, "Anything you don't need, don't bring. Weapons, knives all that stuff. Keep it at the campsite, keep it at home. Clear bags if you can, if you have them, that would be great. But just anything to help anybody that's bag-checking, make it a little easier to streamline it through."
Items not allowed in include:
• Oversize backpacks
• Coolers larger than 12 x 18 inches
• Knives with a blade longer than 4 inches
• Alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine
• Fireworks and explosives
• Pets, except service animals
• Bicycles, skateboards, caster boards (e.g., "Razor" boards), inline skates (e.g., "Rollerblades"), roller skates, Segways and any other self-propelled transport device. Exceptions are electric/handicapped convenience vehicles and other personal mobility devices required by a person's disability and operated in a safe manner.
People visiting from other countries say it's especially something they're used to.
"We feel better this way," Ederson Porpero from Brazil said. "We are from Brazil and we stay here. We think this kind of safety is very comfortable for the attending people."
The checkpoints are only set up for people coming on the convention grounds. They are not being done in the camping or parking areas.