New bag policy goes into effect at INTRUST Bank Arena

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

INTRUST Bank Arena announced Monday new security enhancements to increase the arena's level of safety.

Christine Pileckas, SMG director of sales and marketing, said the new enhancements are stricter guidelines and restrictions on the current bag policy.

The new measures were put to the test at Neil Diamond's concert Friday, and everything seemed to go smoothly.

The arena's updated bag policy will only allow bags sized 14" x 14" x 6" or smaller inside the venue.

"Additionally, backpacks will no longer be permitted at INTRUST Bank Arena events. Diaper bags and medical bags will be permitted, but will be subject to search and a full security screening prior to entering," Pileckas said in a news release.

Security places bags inside a black box to measure them.

The arena started the process of wanding and bag searching in August of 2013 and further enhanced security measures by implementing walk-through metal detectors in February of 2016.

"INTRUST Bank Arena’s security measures are in line with industry standards and security enhancements will continue to be made as needed," Pileckas said.

“Safety continues to be and will always be a top priority at INTRUST Bank Arena for both our guests and our employees,” said SMG General Manager, A.J. Boleski. “We will continue to look for ways to further enhance our security measures and are always in-tune with industry trends in an effort to provide both a safe and enjoyable guest experience.”

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