TSA is considering getting rid of passenger screening for more than 150 small airports

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Transportation Security Administration is considering getting rid of passenger screening for more than 150 small to medium airports nationwide, that could include Eau Claire.

This information is according to CNN, which said this proposal means passengers and luggage arriving from smaller airports would be screened when they arrive at major airports fro connecting flights, rather than present protocol of joining the already screened population at the large airports.

News 18 spoke with Chippewa Valley Regional Airport Director Charity Zich, who did not comment on this possibility, but did explain why the TSA is important to the Airport in Eau Claire.

"Well safety is one of the most important things that we provide for our passengers at an airport and security is one of the safety features that we instil at the airport, along with many other things like maintaining the pavements and ensuring there’s no wild life on the airport." said Zich.

TSA has not made a final decision yet.  There are more than 2.5 million airline passengers screened every day in the U.S.

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