Now considered as “just normal” is the fact that during the Christmas holiday season the security lines and pre-check lines at airports tend to get longer, and clogging up the TSA who are already woefully understaffed. Shockingly long lines at airports are the new norm during any holiday season across the continental U.S. And just when you thought Homeland Security seems so hard pressed for a security solution, suddenly, everything is made clear by “Clear.” “Clear” simply uses advanced biometric scanning technology that turns your fingerprints and iris image into your identification card. This means that in airports that have already implemented Clear, all you need is the touch of your finger to get through the identity screening line. With more than 100 million Americans expected to fly during Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays, anything that speeds up airport security lines receives a grateful thanks from Homeland Security.
Just to be clear about Clear, it will not replace actual security measures, but it does replace the identification process during check in. Clear allows passengers to bypass the process of having their ID’s and boarding passes checked by simply having their fingerprint or iris scanned. After the system has positively identified the member’s identity, the Clear member can proceed directly to the bag scans and metal detectors. Clear has already been certified as “qualified anti-terrorism technology” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In the many airports where it is now implemented, the system is being used by more than five million member-travelers faster through lines.
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You can sign up for Clear in just five minutes or less. There is a one-month free trial and the service is available at the following airports:
- Austin, TX (AUS)
- Baltimore, MD (BWI)
- Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW)
- Denver, CO (DEN)
- Detroit, MI (DTW)
- Houston, TX – George Bush (IAH)
- Houston, TX – William Hobby (HOU)
- Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
- Miami, FL (MIA)
- Orlando, FL (MCO)
- San Antonio, TX (SAT)
- San Francisco, CA (SFO)
- San Jose, CA (SJC)
- Seattle, WA (SEA)
- Washington, DC – Dulles (IAD)
- Washington, DC – Ronald Reagan National (DCA)
- Westchester County, NY (HPN)
In the coming months more airports are to come online. Registration and signing up can be done online but must be done in person. No representatives are allowed to sign up for other people. Once the free trial is over the member is billed a monthly fee of $15 per month or payable in a single annual fee of $179. Of course, TSA and Homeland Security still advises travelers to arrive at least 2 hours early before a flight even if using Clear or other such security pre-check programs such as the TSA Pre-Check system and the Global Entry system. These security measures are meant to make pre-check-ins at airports much faster especially for frequent travelers or those who frequently travel during holiday seasons.