CLEAR will be launching its security clearance services for enrolled members at Baltimore/Washington and Miami airports in Spring 2015.
CLEAR uses biometric technology to identify paid members and help them through airport security in the airports where it operates in under five minutes on average.
The company integratse its scanning kiosks into the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) existing Pre-Check system at the airport.
Passengers don’t get to skip security. CLEAR members are given access to separate expedited security lanes once their identity is verified or they get to hop to the front of the security line.
CLEAR is only available to US passport holders, US permanent residents and passengers with a US alien registration card (one day the USA will change that wording).
How it works
Step 1: Passengers register their details, 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 insert their CLEARcard into a CLEAR kiosk, the kiosk verifies the passenger is the one registered by scanning their retinas and fingerprints
Step 3: A CLEAR representative escorts the passenger to the front of the physical screening line.
Passengers pay a fee of USD 179 a year.
CLEAR is currently available in 10 US airports:
- San Francisco (SFO)
- San Jose (SJC)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Denver (DEN)
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
- San Antonio (SAT)
- Houston – Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
- Houston – Hobby (HOU)
- Orlando (MCO)
- Westchester County (HPN)