CLEAR, the expedited security clearance service, is now available at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM).
The Alabama airport is the the 31st in the US to offer the paid-for CLEAR.
CLEAR uses biometric identification to identify paid members and help them through the security checkpoint quickly and easily.
Passengers don’t get to skip security. CLEAR members are given access to expedited security lanes once their identity is verified or they get to go to the front of the security line.
How it works
Step 1: Passengers register their details and biometrics, pay an annual fee and get a CLEARcard. Passengers have to verify their ID by allowing their fingerprints and iris image to be captured and stored by CLEAR.
Step 2: At the airport, passengers use a CLEAR kiosk to scan their boarding pass and confirm their identity with their fingerprints or irises. The kiosk verifies the passenger is the one registered.
Step 3: A CLEAR representative escorts the passenger to the front of the actual screening line.
CLEAR membership is $15 per month, paid annually, with the option to add up to 3 additional family members for just $50 per year. Children under 18 can use the CLEAR Lane for free when accompanied by a CLEAR family member. After the one-time enrollment, members can begin using CLEAR immediately.
How is CLEAR different than TSA PreCheck?
CLEAR and TSA’s PreCheck program are complementary. CLEAR automates the identity check while PreCheck provides convenience during the physical screening process (by allowing passengers to keep their shoes and coat on).
CLEAR is currently available at 31 US airports:
- Atlanta (ATL)
- Austin–Bergstrom (AUS)
- Baltimore (BWI)
- Birmingham-Shuttlesworth (BHM)
- Boston (BOS)
- Cincinnati (CVG)
- Cleveland Hopkins (CLE)
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
- Dallas Love Field (DAL)
- Denver (DEN)
- Detroit Metro (DTW)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL)
- Houston – Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
- Houston – Hobby (HOU)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Miami (MIA)
- Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP)
- New Orleans (MSY)
- New York – Kennedy (JFK)
- New York – La Guardia (LGA)
- New York – Westchester (HPN)
- Orlando International (MCO)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)
- Salt Lake City (SLC)
- San Antonio (SAT)
- San Francisco International (SFO)
- San Jose (SJC)
- Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)
- Washington – Dulles (IAD)
- Washington – Regan (DCA)
- Westchester County (HPN)
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