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Old 02-23-2018, 01:35 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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In light of recent events in the USA I wonder if many hotels there have metal detectors at entrances. All the major hotels in the middle east and China have metal detectors where you take your belongings vs before you check in.Maybe the recent massacre in las vegas May ha been prevented. is there much resistance in the American hotel industry to this?
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Old 02-23-2018, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Never seen this in U.S. hotels, and I would expect lots of push back. For one, most hotels are not owned by the hotel brand, so who's going to pay for it? In Vegas, the queues would be ridiculous getting into the hotel/casino. As a result of the Vegas incident, Hilton/Disney now can/will ignore "Do Not Disturb" signs after 24 hours; doubt that means they'll be flipping mattresses looking for weapons, but it's a change that is bugging travelers that don't want people coming into their rooms.
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Old 02-24-2018, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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I have never seen this in China.

Seriously? It's not an airport.
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Old 02-24-2018, 05:25 AM
 
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I have never seen this in China.

Seriously? It's not an airport.
I too have never gone through a metal detector during my hotel stays either time I was in China.
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Old 02-24-2018, 05:25 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Some hotels in urumqi.have this. All subways in Beijing have this. Currently in Cairo and most sights have this
Why not usa with so many armed folks.
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Old 02-24-2018, 05:56 AM
 
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I've travel extensively and have for many years all over the world and I can't remember seeing this anywhere, including China, Middle East, etc.

I believe you that they have it in some places but I'm sure it's very rare.

The answer to your question is obvious. It's a balance between security and freedom. I don't really think that hotels create a greater security risk than many other places to justify full airport style security to enter. What about shopping malls, pre-security areas of airports, concerts, sporting events (including kids soccer, baseball, etc), movie theaters, crowded beaches, crowded gyms, ferries, amusement parks, etc, etc.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:09 AM
 
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The answer to your question is obvious. It's a balance between security and freedom.

I also think it's obvious (why hotels don't do this), but for a different reason. First, it's costly and the hotel owner has to absorb that, while costing more to install and operate they will ALSO drive customers away in 2 ways: first, the cost increase to cover the added cost of the "service" and second (probably a small portion) from people who don't want to deal with the hassle.

Seems like a HUGE thing to take on for what, one instance that it may have stopped if EVERY hotel had it in place? Or would that person just have opted for a Boston Marathon style bomb to achieve the same ends.
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I've travel extensively and have for many years all over the world and I can't remember seeing this anywhere, including China, Middle East, etc.

I believe you that they have it in some places but I'm sure it's very rare.

The answer to your question is obvious. It's a balance between security and freedom. I don't really think that hotels create a greater security risk than many other places to justify full airport style security to enter. What about shopping malls, pre-security areas of airports, concerts, sporting events (including kids soccer, baseball, etc), movie theaters, crowded beaches, crowded gyms, ferries, amusement parks, etc, etc.
If anything, a hotel would probably be a much safer public place than any of those other venues that you listed. The Vegas shooter didn't shoot up people inside the hotel, he shot into a crowd standing in a public venue outdoors. Since hotels are divided up into many private rooms with doors that lock, it doesn't seem all that risky to stay in a hotel as opposed to attending an event in a public venue.

Another consideration is that many people stay in hotels when they are on vacation or a weekend getaway, or whatever. I realize that there are a lot of business travelers too, but speaking specifically for vacationers, it wouldn't be good PR for the hotel to remind people when they walk in the doors that they have to be protected from a potential gun toting crazy person. Who wants to be reminded of that when they're finally getting a hard earned vacation? Precautions do need to be in place in some way, I'm not sure what, but having to unload your pockets and have your bags scanned on the way into a hotel doesn't seem like the answer.
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I was just in Vegas and there were no metal detectors. What they are doing now however is making it mandatory that they check the room daily. They are no longer letting people put the door tag on "Do not disturb" so the room is not checked by hotel personnel such as maids, etc. There is a tag you can hang that states "occupied" so they are aware you are in there, but you must allow them access every 24 hours.
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Some hotels in urumqi.have this. All subways in Beijing have this. Currently in Cairo and most sights have this
Why not usa with so many armed folks.
Hahah - exactly BECAUSE there are so many armed folks! Those folks don't want to be UN-armed, EVER. So they will fight tooth and nail and would actively avoid any hotel chain or hotel with such requirements. We are NOT the same as China and Egypt, obviously.
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