KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a sure sign of warmer temperatures ahead, the Westport Entertainment District will begin weekend security screenings starting April 5.
The security screenings debuted last fall as a way to control who enters the district after 11 p.m. during busy weekend evenings.
The district announced Thursday a new plan to help speed screenings, which are set up in a part of the district from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The new plan will use more screening lanes and metal detectors to help get people through the six checkpoints:
- 40th and Pennsylvania
- Archibald and Pennsylvania
- Broadway and Westport Road
- Mill St. and Westport Road
- Both sides of the Westport Alley off of Mill St. in front of Yard Bar.
One of the groups helping at these checkpoints is AdHoc Group Against Crime, which will have civil rights monitors making sure everyone is treated fairly. The group said last year they had no complaints filed and no guns were brought in.
“This was a good first step, but I want people to understand that Westport is a good place to go and have fun and enjoy yourself,” said Damon Daniel, president of AdHoc Group Against Crime.
Information about prohibited items is available on Westport’s website.
The screenings will happen every Friday and Saturday night through October.