Air travelers are now asked to remove tablet computers and other electronics larger than a cellphone from their carry-on luggage so they can be scanned separately at the security checkpoint at Eau Claire’s airport.
Transportation Security Administration officials started using the new procedures earlier this month in a limited basis at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, but will require all passengers to comply on April 1, according to a news release from the airport.
The security rule change was announced in July, started at 10 major U.S. airports and has been spreading nationwide since then.
The rule change is intended to give TSA screeners a clearer picture of small electronics as they pass through X-ray security machines. Airports have required travelers to take laptop computers out of their carry-on bags for years for the same reason.