I got lucky with the bag search. I had taken a spare canvas bag and popped my drink inside it. When I took it out of the main bag I said it was empty and she just looked into the main bag which had two books and an autograph file.
Enjoyed meeting the 5 guests I came to meet, which took 30 minutes. Colette being the loveliest of a great group of people. I was amazed at how quiet the early entry period was but was glad to see the Aliens talk. Shame the staging was poor.
The biggest problem I had was getting my son into the convention after the talk. He had been elsewhere with my wife and daughters but wanted to look around. He walked up to the security people but didn't want to come through without me there. I asked at the door if I could come outside to get him as I had his ticket and the women with the radio (an arena official) said I wasn't allowed to leave and come back in again. I walked to the other doors and asked the Showmasters people who walked with me to make sure they knew I had already been admitted so I could get back in with my son. It didn't disrupt or ruin the day, it was just a bit of a faff.