A new paid service based on biometric identification promises to drastically reduce security screening waiting times for its users at many US airports.
Travelers can enroll in the service, called Clear, for an annual fee of $179. Users are issued a biometric CLEARcard upon enrollment.
While at the airport, Clear program clients can use a private screening lane, where the CLEARcard is swiped at a dedicated machine and the fingerprint or iris of the user is scanned. Upon verification, the passenger moves directly to the airport’s physical screening lanes without waiting in line for checks by TSA officers.
Clear is currently available at five US airports – Dallas/Ft Worth (DFW) Terminal E, San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Denver International Airport (DEN), and Westchester, NY (HPN).
The service will also be available soon at Houston’s Bush International and Hobby airports.