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Shuffle through airports slowly or go CLEAR

June 23, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

An identification system that converts fingerprints or scans of a traveller’s eyes into a “secure biometric key” that delivers rapid transit through airports is now operating at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), available in all terminals.

Those behind the development say the new system, called CLEAR, speeds travellers through security “with just the touch of a finger or blink of an eye”.

The development underscores current rapid progress in instant biometric identification technology and its adoption by US airports.

“The expanding network of touch points powered by CLEAR delivers fast, secure, seamless customer experiences in and out of the airport, and the launch at LAX expands CLEAR’s nationwide footprint to 22 airports and six stadiums nationwide,” publicity for the new system declares.

“With CLEAR as an added benefit at LAX, we continue to improve the LAX guest experience by offering choices that help travellers save time,” Los Angeles World Airports chief executive Deborah Flint commented.

CLEAR pods are now available in LAX terminals that are powered by a person’s fingerprints or scan of their eyes into a secure biometric key to friction-free experiences that speeds up the security screening proce


“They will benefit from the freedom to enjoy shopping, dining options, as well as other guest amenities beyond security screening.”

CLEAR employs “hospitality-trained team members” to help get members through security quickly and effortlessly.

“CLEAR brought nearly 90 new jobs to LAX and was recently recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee for its success in building a diverse and inclusive workforce of CLEAR ambassadors at LAX,” a media statement says.

The adoption of such technology is likely eventually to divide travellers into two bands – those who have biometric identification details (such as fingerprints, eye-scans or face algorithms) on file electronically and who therefore pass through airports quickly; and the rest of humanity, who have to undergo interviews, interrogation and pat-down searches.

At the moment, it seems CLEAR is available only to US residents.

The publicity again: “CLEAR is trusted by over one million members and is certified as a Qualified Anti-terrorism Technology by the US Department of Homeland Security. CLEAR’s three-step sign-up process takes less than five minutes – CLEAR digitally authenticates your driver’s licence or passport, confirms your identity, and then creates your biometric account. New members who enrol at the airport receive a one-month free trial and can use CLEAR immediately.”

Written by Peter Needham

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