The CLEAR trusted traveler program, which provides members with expedited access to TSA security checkpoints, is embarking on a big national expansion.
CLEAR said it added a presence at New York JFK a few weeks ago, and will do the same at New York LaGuardia today (January 25). It will then add lanes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson later this month, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and Los Angeles International later in the first quarter.
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At New York JFK, special lane are now available in Delta’s Terminal 2, and at LaGuardia in Delta’s Terminal D, with more locations coming at both airports, the company said. At Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, the lane will be in Delta’s South Terminal. It will also be in MSP’s South Terminal, and locations at LAX will be announced soon– but at least one (if not the only) location will be Delta’s Terminal 5.
The new airport locations will give the company a presence in 22 airports around the country, “covering the majority of flights in the U.S.,” the company noted. In the past year, it added locations at Detroit Metro, Seattle-Tacoma, Washington Dulles and Washington Reagan National.
But it’s important to note that while CLEAR is available at 22 airports, it’s NOT available at all entry points at those airports. And CLEAR lanes are not always open. So even if you are flying Delta, you should probably check to find out exactly where the lanes are located and when they are open.
CLEAR uses kiosks with biometric technology – fingerprint and iris scans — to verify the identity of its members at airport security checkpoints, and allows them to bypass the long lines that other travelers often encounter. (This is separate from TSA’s PreCheck program, and does not provide access to PreCheck lanes unless the member is also a participant in PreCheck.)
Membership costs $179 a year, although discounts are available to members of Delta’s SkyMiles program, varying by elite levels. Delta last year acquired a minority stake in the company and has supported its expansion to airports where the carrier has a hub or a major presence. New members who sign up at the airport will get a one-month free trial and can start using it right away. Read: How to get the Delta Discount at CLEAR
In addition to the airports mentioned above, lanes are also available at San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Houston Hobby, San Antonio, Austin, Orlando, Miami, Las Vegas, Baltimore-Washington, Seattle and New York’s Westchester County Airport.
More information is available at www.clearme.com.
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