The estimable Dalai Lama has visited the United States many times over the past several years, and each time his security detail has contacted Security Detection.
We have had the privilege of providing metal detection services for speaking events featuring the Dalai Lama in Hawaii, Massachusetts, Texas, Arizona, Washington, D.C., Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York.
These events typically host between 1,000 and 3,000 people, including media. Attendees often carry laptop computers or video cameras, and the Dalai Lama's broad appeal tends to attract a diverse crowd who don everything from Buddhist robes to business suits. Given the sensitive political subject matter surrounding the Dalai Lama, his security and protection, and that of his audiences, are paramount.
The largest of the Dalai Lama's recent events took place on November 12, 2005 in Washington, D.C. There were two venues that Security Detection was charged with securing: the sprawling Washington Convention Center, where the Dalai Lama was taking part in a two-day symposium, and a hotel where the Dalai Lama was staying and delivering a speech to a much smaller crowd.
Security Detection assembled and supervised twelve walkthrough metal detectors at the Convention Center and one at the hotel for the Dalai Lama's presentations. Event organizers at the Convention Center stressed their desire for attendees to be able to exit the event through the same entrance by which they entered, unencumbered by security equipment. Security Detection was prepared and able to comply, completely breaking down and removing all twelve units by the time the event had concluded.