The tight security -- and the lines to get through it -- dampened some spirits as the pope made his way to events across the city.
A security bottleneck at 18th and the Parkway prevented some from getting to the 5:15 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul.
"I think I'm giving up on Mass for today. I'll go in the morning," said Marisa Simon, 27, who lives at Walnut and 17 Streets but made the mistake of leaving for church at 4:30.
"I should have known to leave much earlier," she said.
There are just four security lines at this checkpoint, all barely moving. Officers said high winds were setting off the metal detectors, causing everyone to have to be subjected to hand wands.
"I'm thinking we'll get to the point where we can't move. Then what?" asked Stella Segal, 41, of South Philadelphia.
Her goal: "Andrea Bocelli. That's the goal. And maybe have a glass of wine."
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