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In these days of heightened security one of the banes of any day of travel is getting through airport security. While most airports have a fast track system, the TSA has its TSA Precheck system which allows you access to special lanes to get through airport security quicker. Another layer of expediting your progress through TSA security is CLEAR which is now available at JFK and LGA.
What is CLEAR?
CLEAR is a quick system to verify your identity. This is carried out with a simple fingerprint scan or eye print. As a CLEAR member, once your identity has been verified you will then be able to head to the front of the line and straight to the physical screening. If you are a member of the TSA Precheck system, then after completing the CLEAR process you head to the front of the Precheck line. On the other hand, if you are not a Precheck member then you head to the front of the regular TSA screening line.
How Much Does CLEAR Cost?
Currently, a CLEAR membership costs $179 per year. Members can add family members for an additional $50 per year. Children under 18 can use the CLEAR system for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult member. CLEAR membership is provided as a perk or at a discounted rate by various programs including Delta Medallion Members, where Diamond members get CLEAR for free, while Platinum, Gold, and Silver receive their membership for $79 per year. Founderscard members can get a 6-month free trial, followed by an annual renewal fee of $140. CLEAR itself is offering a one month free trial at the airport, which also enables you to use the system straight away.
Current CLEAR Lanes
CLEAR is planning on offering its services at 22 airports across the U (full list of which airports will benefit from CLEAR). The service is also available at various sporting events around the nation. The service is now operational in Terminal D at LGA, with services to begin at terminals A and C in the next few weeks. Terminal 2 at JFK also has an operational CLEAR facility with more coming soon. Future planned expansion of CLEAR is planned at ATL and MSP at the Southern terminals, while plans for a CLEAR facility at LAX have yet to be announced.
This is great news for any frequent flyer who has to spend a significant amount of time being processed through TSA security. The annual fee may seem a little steep in the beginning, but when balanced against the time you save waiting at TSA it could be quite the bargain.
Source: The Points Guy/Emily McNutt
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