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Guide to using CLEAR at Airports

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CLEAR

Find out what CLEAR is, how it works, what benefits you can gain from it, how to use it at the airport and other FAQs.

What is CLEAR?

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CLEAR is a security initiative which allows the airport security process to be fast tracked. CLEAR is unique as it uses biometrics of fingerprint and eye-scans to fasten up the process of identity validation.

Passengers with a CLEAR membership can use dedicated lanes and specially trained staff to bypass security in 5 minutes or under at U.S. airports with the initiative.

What are the benefits of CLEAR?

Speed

As the purpose of CLEAR is to speed up the security process for its members, there’s no doubt when saying the main benefit of CLEAR is speed in the airport. As mentioned, passengers who have a membership with CLEAR will not have to wait in line with the crowds and instead can proceed to the fast-track lane for CLEAR passengers only. Here, they will have to confirm their identity by scanning their irises and fingerprints and then proceed with the other passengers to physical screening checks, such as the metal detector.

Safety

CLEAR is certified by the safety act, meaning the biometrics used is safe and correctly verifies people’s identities. CLEAR also state that passenger security their number 1 priority, meaning there is nothing lacking in terms of your personal security. In addition, the biometrics of irises and fingerprints are more accurate in identifying you, as they are personal and individual to you, especially compared to traditional forms of ID.

Spend more time on things you like

With the extra time that you’ve saved being stuck in non-moving queues, think about what you could better spend your time on. Whether that's more time to browse the airport shops, enjoy a special airport lounge, or perhaps enjoying a delicious meal before your fight, anything is better than waiting for an identity check.

Stress

With the peace of mind that you will fast track the stressful queuing process also comes the reduction of stress. Reducing stress is important when flying, as it can lead to some additional health problems. Find out what else you can do to reduce stress, and retain good wellness during your flight here.

Discounts

CLEAR also provide its members discounts through its partnership network. Visit the CLEAR website to see what discounts you can get!

Where can I use
CLEAR?

The following is a list of airports who currently have Global Entry Kiosks:

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Atlanta
Austin–Bergstrom International Airport
Austin
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Baltimore
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Cleveland
Dallas Love Field Airport
Dallas
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas
Denver International Airport
Denver
Detroit Metro Airport
Detroit
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Fort Lauderdale
William P. Hobby Airport
Houston
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Houston
McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas
Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles
Miami International Airport
Miami
Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport
Minneapolis
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
New Orleans
Westchester County Airport
New York
LaGuardia Airport
New York
John F. Kennedy International Airport
New York
Orlando International Airport
Orlando
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Phoenix
Salt Lake City International Airport
Salt Lake City
San Antonio Intenational Airport
San Antonio
San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco Bay Area
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
San Jose
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Seattle
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Washington D.C.
Dulles International Airport
Washington D.C.

 

Planning on going to a sporting event? CLEAR is also available at some stadiums in the USA, in selected entrances:

SunTrust Park
Atlanta
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Baltimore
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Dallas
Coors Field
Denver
Comerica Park
Detroit
Banc of California Stadium
Los Angeles
AmericanAirlines Arena
Miami
Target Field
Minneapolis
Citi Field
New York
Yankee Stadium
New York
Madison Square Garden
New York
Oracle Park
San Francisco Bay Area
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
San Francisco Bay Area
Avaya Stadium
San Jose
CenturyLink Field
Seattle
T-Mobile Park
Seattle

CLEAR FAQs

How do I get CLEAR membership?

Before you can use CLEAR at the airport, you must first enroll to be a member. Enrollment only takes 5 minutes, and can be completed either online or at the airport.

First, you will need to visit the CLEAR website and register your details. Alternatively, you can visit a CLEAR location and register there.

After initial registration, you will need to complete the enrollment process at a CLEAR location. This will involve questions to verify your identity, providing a form of photo ID, providing payment and creating your first scans of your eyes and fingerprint.

Who can qualify for CLEAR?

CLEAR membership is open to US Citizens who are 18 years or older. You must also have a form of approved, valid and unexpired US photo identification such as the following:

  • US Driver's License
  • US Passport
  • US Passport Card
  • US-issued Permanent Resident Card
  • State Issued ID
  • US Military ID

Children who are under 18 years of age can still use the CLEAR lane at the airport without registering, free of charge. However this is only when they are accompanied by a family member who has CLEAR membership.

So what is the difference between CLEAR and other security schemes?

Both CLEAR and TSA PreCheck allow passengers to move more swiftly through the airport, and passengers can use both schemes at once. CLEAR focuses on speeding up the identification process, whereas TSA PreCheck speeds up the security personnel and baggage screening.

Global Entry, however, is a scheme that focuses on fast-tracking the immigration and customs process. Included in the price of Global Entry is TSA PreCheck, but passengers can purchase all three schemes.

How much does CLEAR cost?

Membership for CLEAR costs $179 USD a year, which works out $15 USD a month. This membership is valid for any CLEAR location, including the airports, stadiums and anywhere else they may choose to place their product.