What Is CLEAR Airport Security, And Is It Worth It?

What Is CLEAR Airport Security, And Is It Worth It?

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Over the years there have been several innovations that have made the travel experience easier for road warriors. These range from government programs like TSA PreCheck and Global Entry, to private programs like CLEAR.

In this post I wanted to take a closer look at CLEAR. First we’ll take a look at the basics of the program, then we’ll take a look at how to get the best deal on a membership, and then we’ll talk about whether it’s worth it (and my answer there might surprise some).

The basics of CLEAR airport security program

Let’s start with the very basics of CLEAR. CLEAR is essentially a technology company that stores biometric data to expedite clearing security at airports, and at select stadiums and other venues. Interestingly both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines own a stake in the company.

The way CLEAR makes your life easier is by allowing you to bypass the ID check at airports. While you still have to go through security, you simply go up to a CLEAR checkpoint at an airport, then your fingerprints or eyes are scanned, and then you bypass the ID check (though in some cases you may still be asked at random to show your ID).

It doesn’t matter whether you have TSA PreCheck or just “regular” security, as the CLEAR associate will direct you past the ID checker and into the appropriate line.

How CLEAR saves you time

At what airports is CLEAR available?

CLEAR is currently available at 50+ airports, as well as at some stadiums and other venues. The list of eligible CLEAR locations is always changing, so you can check this link to see the up-to-date locations.

Note that not all terminals at eligible airports have CLEAR, and in some cases CLEAR is only open for select hours. So you’ll want to check that before heading to the airport.

CLEAR airport locations

How do you sign up for CLEAR?

The process of signing up for CLEAR is super easy. You can initially register online, which should take just a couple of minutes. Your payment will already be processed when you register.

Then the next time you’re at an airport with CLEAR you can simply see a company representative, and they’ll walk you through the registration process, which consists of them taking your biometric data. Unlike with Global Entry, there’s no interview required here. CLEAR is essentially just verifying your biometric data, so the company isn’t assessing how “risky” of a passenger you are.

How does CLEAR compare to TSA PreCheck?

CLEAR, TSA PreCheck, and Global Entry, are complements and not substitutes:

  • CLEAR gets you expedited ID checking at eligible airports
  • TSA PreCheck gets you expedited security screening at eligible airports, as you don’t have to take off your shoes, or take liquids or laptops out of your bags
  • Global Entry gets you expedited immigration when entering the United States, allowing you to go straight to a kiosk and skip the main lines

When it comes to memberships:

  • A Global Entry membership gets you Global Entry and TSA PreCheck, but not CLEAR
  • A TSA PreCheck membership just gets you TSA PreCheck
  • A CLEAR membership just gets you CLEAR

The ideal situation is to have a Global Entry membership and a CLEAR membership, as you’re then covered for all three programs.

CLEAR is different than TSA PreCheck

How much does a CLEAR membership cost?

A CLEAR membership ordinarily costs $189 per person annually. However, nobody should be paying even nearly that much. Literally nobody. Let’s talk about why.

Why you should pay no more than $119 for CLEAR

Since both Delta and United own a stake in CLEAR, loyalty program members with both airlines can receive discounts on a membership:

Signing up for Delta SkyMiles and United MileagePlus costs nothing, so everyone should at least be able to unlock that pricing. Find the Delta SkyMiles CLEAR registration link here, and find the United MileagePlus CLEAR registration link here.

Add people to CLEAR for $60 with family plan

CLEAR memberships are individual, so you can’t bring friends or family along with you, aside from children under 18, who can tag along for free without registering.

The good news is that CLEAR also offers family plans. With CLEAR’s family plans, you can add up to three people to your account for $60 each per year. The people you add don’t even have to be immediate or biological family. As CLEAR describes it, you can even add “chosen family, or friends that feel like family.”

There are no tricks here — you can just sign up for an individual membership, and then later can add people to your family plan, and it’s a great way to reduce how much you’re paying for extra people.

Get CLEAR for free with Amex card credits

American Express and CLEAR have a partnership, offering CLEAR credits as a perk for select cardmembers. Specifically:

What are the restrictions associated with these CLEAR credits?

  • The credits are per calendar year (based on when the transaction appears on your card)
  • The credits can be used across multiple transactions, if you’re in a situation where you’re being charged the maximum credit amount by CLEAR
  • The credits apply to purchases directly with CLEAR
  • Purchases by the primary cardmember and additional cardmembers are eligible, though additional cardmembers don’t get additional credits
  • You can buy a CLEAR membership for anyone (including friends and family), as long as you pay with your card
  • The statement credits will post within two to four weeks of an eligible purchase

As you can tell, a $189 credit could cover CLEAR for two people. That’s because you’ll pay at most $119 if you’re a member of Delta SkyMiles or United MileagePlus, and then you can add a second person for $60.

Is a CLEAR membership worth it?

I won’t bury the lede. I get CLEAR for free thanks to the Amex cards that I have, so it’s costing me nothing out of pocket. If I didn’t get it for free, I wouldn’t pay $109-119 for this, at least based on my current travel experiences.

When I first signed up for CLEAR over five years ago, it was kind of awesome. Not many people had it. There was almost a cool factor to having it, as you felt like you were being escorted to the front of the line.

However, much like metal credit cards and Priority Pass memberships, the situation has kind of changed — when everyone has CLEAR, no one has CLEAR. 😉

As a general rule of thumb, you can expect a huge number of passengers at Delta and United hubs to have CLEAR, given that both airlines have a close partnership with CLEAR, and encourage their frequent flyers to sign-up. The great benefit of CLEAR used to be that you were more or less assured that you’d never have to wait in line at security, but that’s no longer the case.

Now you have to wait in line to use CLEAR, in order to not have to wait in line to go through security. 😉

Maybe I’m just really lucky, but the other thing is that I often find that there’s almost no wait at TSA PreCheck. So there aren’t actually any time savings if you wouldn’t otherwise have to wait. For example, the last two times I used CLEAR, it took longer than it would have taken to just go in the PreCheck lane.

The last issue is that I am primarily an American flyer, and American isn’t a fan of CLEAR, and tries to block the company from expanding at some of its airports. For example, as a Miami-based American flyer, there’s no CLEAR checkpoint at the D Concourse.

I wish I could report back about some amazing time savings, but unfortunately that just doesn’t reflect my typical experience. Either I find there’s a long line to use CLEAR, and it’s not actually much faster than TSA PreCheck, or I find that there’s no line at TSA PreCheck, in which case there are no time savings.

Based on my own situation, I’d say it’s only maybe 10% of the time where CLEAR saves me more than a few minutes compared to the standard TSA PreCheck lane. And ultimately that’s something that I’ll take for free, but isn’t something I’d otherwise probably pay for.

Bottom line

CLEAR is a private company that lets you expedite clearing security at select airports using your biometric data. While this can cost up to $189 per year, no one should be paying more than $119, and you can even get it at no cost thanks to Amex cards offering CLEAR credits.

While I’m a CLEAR member, I can’t say that it actually saves me all that much time. Either I find the TSA PreCheck line is short to begin with (in which case there are no time savings), or I find that CLEAR is extremely popular at some airports (in which case there are no time savings).

Even as a CLEAR member, I skip using CLEAR most of the time. It’s still useful to have for those rare situations where there’s a long TSA PreCheck line but not a long CLEAR line, especially since I’m not paying anything out of pocket.

If you’re a CLEAR member, what has your experience been? What do you make of the value proposition?

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  1. NotMyName Guest

    Cancelled my clear earlier this year. Had to for 2 years and decided it wasn’t worth it.

    I’d stand in line and watch the TSA Precheck line move MUCH faster than it takes to reach a CLEAR kiosk. After half a dozen times realizing that I’d have been through faster in the regular line, I ended the membership.

    The problem is twofold. 1. They insist on assisting every single person like they’re babies....

    Cancelled my clear earlier this year. Had to for 2 years and decided it wasn’t worth it.

    I’d stand in line and watch the TSA Precheck line move MUCH faster than it takes to reach a CLEAR kiosk. After half a dozen times realizing that I’d have been through faster in the regular line, I ended the membership.

    The problem is twofold. 1. They insist on assisting every single person like they’re babies. Frankly I see no need to be so involved in the process other than to check that passengers get greenlit and for the handoff to TSA. I know, people are generally stupid, but if your average Joe can’t figure out the kiosk, the problem is your kiosks not the people.

    2. They never have enough assistants. Since they insist on using them, you’d think they may have enough on hand. Nope. This is exactly where the bottle neck occurs at ATL and a few other airports. May have anywhere from 4-12 kiosks but often less than half the staff needed.

    Overall time saved may have been net 10-15 minutes over 2 dozen trips. Not worth it.

    For free? Sure. It usually won’t hurt, but I stress usually. You may find yourself losing time in some instances.

  2. NFSF Gold

    Using CLEAR to skip to the front of the Pre-Check line is pretty nice, especially since it's "free" from AMEX

  3. Azamaraal Diamond

    Just passed through regular security at SEA. Was bounced from a long TAS PreCheck line because Air Tahiti Nui is not yet registered even though we have TSA PreCheck through AS. The regular lineup was FAST, took less time to clear than our wait at PreCheck before we got bounced. So today regulat lineup at TSA is the fastest. Clear lines were longer.

  4. Jimbo1 New Member

    As others have noted, Clear is nice when you're really in a hurry, but it's often slower than PreCheck if the latter has a short line. I wouldn't pay for it if I didn't get it for free through multiple avenues. My two gripes with Clear are:

    1. It creates confusion and chaos in front of the PreCheck line, annoying those who you cut in front of, and in my opinion, opening the door for...

    As others have noted, Clear is nice when you're really in a hurry, but it's often slower than PreCheck if the latter has a short line. I wouldn't pay for it if I didn't get it for free through multiple avenues. My two gripes with Clear are:

    1. It creates confusion and chaos in front of the PreCheck line, annoying those who you cut in front of, and in my opinion, opening the door for a security beach; the TSA agent is sometimes unaware of whose ID has been checked and who is legally passing through. This is a smaller threat at terminals with less congestion.

    2. I can't stand it when the Clear agents try to strike up a friendly conversation. This seems part of their strategy to be hip and cool, attracting the millennial/gen-Z demographic, which they aggressively advertised toward in the early days. (And maybe that's why all of their agents seem to be in their twenties.) I'm not using Clear to talk about where I'm traveling or how I'm doing today.

    Do I use Clear? Yes. Am I proud of it? No.

    1. Andrew Diamond

      Totally agreed on #1. I've found it's super effective at the SFO International terminal and T2, but 9/10 times some individual or group grumbles at me for "cutting" in front of the pre-check line.

  5. Jill Guest

    Clear is like my husband

    First Class all the way and escorted to the front

    I love it

    Absolutely worth it

  6. Mike Guest

    Would love to know the answers to these questions.
    Does Clear pay the TSA for letting members cut in line? Does Clear lease the airport for the lease the line space frome the airports?

    What if an airline or other private party wanted to start a clear competitor. Is that allowed?

  7. ORD_Is_My_Second_Home New Member

    The CLEAR + Pre-Check lane in Terminal 1 at ORD has saved my sanity more than once on a busy Monday morning when Pre-Check is loaded and standard security is unbelievable. It was free as a UA 1K for me, and it's my second favorite 1K perk. It's saved me boatloads of time at other airports that have incredible crowds. I really can't live without it. If I lose 1K, I think I'll renew at $119 anyway.

  8. JWags Guest

    I particularly love when people criticize or write off an entire service or offering because of a singular bit of empirical experience. And must be INCREDIBLE to be soo very busy and important than an online renewal form is too time consuming and time wasting.

    Like Ken said below, CLEAR's value can vacillate greatly based on airport. Which is totally fair. Whenever I fly out of MKE, which now has CLEAR, it saves no time...

    I particularly love when people criticize or write off an entire service or offering because of a singular bit of empirical experience. And must be INCREDIBLE to be soo very busy and important than an online renewal form is too time consuming and time wasting.

    Like Ken said below, CLEAR's value can vacillate greatly based on airport. Which is totally fair. Whenever I fly out of MKE, which now has CLEAR, it saves no time cause Ive never seen more than 2 people in the Pre-Check line, regardless of time of day.

    I'm not even a CLEAR fanatic. I originally got it as my (now) wife at the time had it and it was annoying to travel together without it, so I jumped on her plan. Now its free with any number of things.

    Is it the greatest? No. Does it provide very real time savings? Absolutely. Love people pretending like the disinterested TSA agent checking IDs and tickets in the pre-check line are always alert and efficient and speedy, but no, its the CLEAR employees who are bored and not paying attention and slow everything down.

  9. Ken Guest

    It's clear (pun intended) from reading the comments that the benefit of a CLEAR membership is very dependent upon which airports and carriers you frequent. In Ft. Lauderdale, CLEAR saves me a lot of time in Terminal 1 when I use Southwest Airlines. Same goes for St. Louis and Dallas Love Field, again when flying Southwest. Many times I have avoided long lines at TSA Precheck and jumped ahead with my CLEAR membership. It is...

    It's clear (pun intended) from reading the comments that the benefit of a CLEAR membership is very dependent upon which airports and carriers you frequent. In Ft. Lauderdale, CLEAR saves me a lot of time in Terminal 1 when I use Southwest Airlines. Same goes for St. Louis and Dallas Love Field, again when flying Southwest. Many times I have avoided long lines at TSA Precheck and jumped ahead with my CLEAR membership. It is less valuable at Dallas/Ft. Worth and Miami where American Airlines has a stronghold preventing CLEAR from operating in the terminals in which AA is dominant.

  10. Dov Guest

    My wife and I have CLEAR by virtue of United 1K status. That having been said, it has been totally USELESS to me the last three times I used it.

    Why? Each time the CLEAR scanner would identify me and flash a message that I have been randomly selected for full identification, requiring me to get on the PreCheck line and see an agent who then needs to check my ID. (Fortunately, it doesn't trigger...

    My wife and I have CLEAR by virtue of United 1K status. That having been said, it has been totally USELESS to me the last three times I used it.

    Why? Each time the CLEAR scanner would identify me and flash a message that I have been randomly selected for full identification, requiring me to get on the PreCheck line and see an agent who then needs to check my ID. (Fortunately, it doesn't trigger the dreaded SSSS security check!) No time savings – actually a time loss!

    It is also amazing that CLEAR isn't available in Hawaii at all. The security lines, even for PreCheck are often quite long.

  11. uldguy Diamond

    As more and more of the “great unwashed” join the ranks of TSA pre-check, it makes a Clear membership all that more valuable. I’ve seen many instances where the pre-check line is longer than the normal security line. And now pre-check is increasingly being filled by families with strollers and the like further delaying the queue. I’m glad I have Clear. I just wished it was available in more locations.

  12. Eskimo Guest

    The whole concept of CLEAR is just greedy money grab from all related parties. CLEAR takes your money to jump the line, then pays the airport to let you jump the line. It's a zero sum waiting time game as long as the size of the checkpoints doesn't change. Just like Skyclub entry system, the only way to fix the problem is to expand to accommodate. Priority lines are just punishing one group of people...

    The whole concept of CLEAR is just greedy money grab from all related parties. CLEAR takes your money to jump the line, then pays the airport to let you jump the line. It's a zero sum waiting time game as long as the size of the checkpoints doesn't change. Just like Skyclub entry system, the only way to fix the problem is to expand to accommodate. Priority lines are just punishing one group of people for the benefit of other paying group of people. (But that's capitalism)

    1. VX_Flier Guest

      But I like using Clear to jump the line so that I can stand in the Amex Centurion line earlier. Oh wait…

    2. Andrew Diamond

      @VX_Flier - heh, at least you have a line to stand in. At SFO and LAX, everything is shut down by 7pm, because clearly nobody travels after that.

    3. Never In Doubt Guest

      EXACTLY.

      And being one of the line jumpers, I welcome it!

  13. mkokowicz New Member

    I recently signed up with Clear at Dulles as a Clear rep Hailed me as I was walking by. I had a few minutes and said why not; I can get a Clear membership free from being Delta Diamond Medallion. Like the OMAAT story states I really didn't see a benefit since I also have Pre-Check. Well recently my son and I were flying out of MCO; Orlando, to head to Michigan; GO BLUE!!, the...

    I recently signed up with Clear at Dulles as a Clear rep Hailed me as I was walking by. I had a few minutes and said why not; I can get a Clear membership free from being Delta Diamond Medallion. Like the OMAAT story states I really didn't see a benefit since I also have Pre-Check. Well recently my son and I were flying out of MCO; Orlando, to head to Michigan; GO BLUE!!, the day after Hurricane Nicole went through central Florida. The TSA line was ridiculously long. I travel a lot and it was the longest I've seen probably since Springbreak 2021 when most of the country was opening up or the Monday after Christmas a few years ago. I decided to sign my son up for $60 so we could by pass the looooong TSA ID check line. I have to say that $60 was worth it. Probably easily saved us 30 min; min. I agree I wouldn't pay over a $100 for Clear. But if you already have Clear the $60 to add a family member is worth it. Cheers and GO BLUE! beat ohio

    1. Jill Guest

      Whose Ohio
      Why do you want to beat them?

      Are you ok?
      Do you need help?

  14. [email protected] Guest

    Boise! The West Coast asylum seekers sought refuge in Idaho. There’s many GSMs and 1Ks now; with long Upgrade lists.
    Clear opened last Wednesday. I flew Friday. 100s in regular TSA, about 70 in TSA Pre; no wait for CLEAR. A breeze.

    At SFO T3, CLEAR by Econ is usually closed. CLEAR between UA Econ and premier and only does CLEAR (if you hold clear, keep going.) CLEAR by Premier only does combined with TSA Pre.

  15. Jason Guest

    I live in DC and it's great. The last time I flew out of DCA there was a 15-20 minute wait for TSA Pre and with Clear no wait and I zipped right to the front of the line, passing many pissed off looking people. Similar thing at Dulles when I fly from there. It's worth it as a washington, dC-based traveler.

  16. Tony N Guest

    Do Not Pay for these memberships. With new scanner technology Eventually we will all be treated equally and not pay for these security priveliges.

    1. Never In Doubt Guest

      "Eventually we will all be treated equally and not pay for these security priveliges”

      lol

    2. Eskimo Guest

      LOL too.

      Naive @Tony N fails to realize, eventually someone will come up with a new scheme to grab your money in exchange for jumping the line.

  17. Tom Guest

    Honestly, the best feature about Clear is that you didn't have to take off your face mask for the TSA agent when going through the checkpoint during the pandemic. Even before the pandemic, my favorite feature about Clear was that I could have my wallet/ID and everything in my bag when approaching the security line, rather than needing to faff with my ID for the TSA Agent.

    1. Steve Guest

      Wait Facemasks are still required when flying?

  18. Jessica Guest

    In Seattle, Clear is a huge help. TSA precheck line had a 45-55 minute wait, no one in the Clear PreCheck area. I have flown out of Seattle twice in the last 3 months and Clear was a huge time saver both times. I got Clear for free using the Platinum Card and wouldn't have signed up usually but was definitely glad I had it for that particular airport.

  19. TravelinWilly Diamond

    Flying out of Dulles on intl flights, Clear+Pre-Check is always the way to go, but then I’m always on the United Airlines side during off peak intl departures.

    Flying out of National on AA, Clear is a godsend.

    I’ve found Clear to be exceptionally valuable.

    1. DiogenesTheCynic New Member

      Yeah, I find it to be fairly useful at DCA. It maybe just saves you a few minutes, but for the $0 OOP cost, it's nice to have. Avoids you having to get your wallet out, too, which if you're juggling a bunch of stuff is nice.

  20. Krom-Krom New Member

    They need to mark the lines a little better. I have Pre-Chek, but ended up in the que for Clear.

  21. yinzer Guest

    Wonder how Boise of all places ended up getting CLEAR? Can't imagine its that busy of an airport... Does give me some hope that PIT may get CLEAR during/after the current construction.

  22. Sel, D. Guest

    My favorite is at SFO when there is nobody at clear, and only 2-3 people in precheck. Even with clear, I go to the precheck line, and some a-hole goes through clear to cut all 2 of us remaining. Laughable really.

    1. TravelinWilly Diamond

      CLEARly (ha!), someone has Clear envy…

  23. Kumar Guest

    Clear is absolutely useless .4 of us were traveling last month from Atlanta and we actually tested this out where one person Went through the general security check and 3 of us went thru clear .The person that went through regular security was quicker than rets of us .Also,in the return trip CLEAR was not available past 9 PM

    1. Ehud Gavron Guest

      Kumar is 100% right. I've done that same test. By the time the biometrics are scanned and THE ONE PERSON to take you to the front of the line walks back from the previous person she escorted to take you, the PRE/GOES people are already there.

      At some larger airports the CLEAR escort is in no hurry to get back to help you and will stand and chat with other airport staff on their...

      Kumar is 100% right. I've done that same test. By the time the biometrics are scanned and THE ONE PERSON to take you to the front of the line walks back from the previous person she escorted to take you, the PRE/GOES people are already there.

      At some larger airports the CLEAR escort is in no hurry to get back to help you and will stand and chat with other airport staff on their way.

      > it’s costing me nothing out of pocket. If I didn’t get it for free, I wouldn’t pay $109-119 for this...

      Oh it costs you twice. The first time to get enrollment done is a complete waste of time... because... see above about that "eager to please" vs "I have to escort these people" attitude. The second time it costs you is to wait for that person to actually escort you when you want to use CLEAR.

      Like I said, Kumar called it. Clear is absolutely useless, and often not as past as PRE. The concept is OK but like PRE if it was any good lots of people would sign up for it... and then no short lines for that either.

      I had it for one year, and never renewed it because I'd quit using it. Wasn't even worth my time to fill out the renew web form.

  24. Tim Dunn Diamond

    Given that you are giving your biometric data to a private company, people should think twice if the tradeoff is worth it.
    Outside of Delta and United hubs, as noted, CLEAR isn't any faster than pre-check. The real time and hassle savings comes in simplifying the screening process with pre-check (which is true even at airports that don't have a dedicated pre-check scanner) as well as the expedited arrival into the US with Global...

    Given that you are giving your biometric data to a private company, people should think twice if the tradeoff is worth it.
    Outside of Delta and United hubs, as noted, CLEAR isn't any faster than pre-check. The real time and hassle savings comes in simplifying the screening process with pre-check (which is true even at airports that don't have a dedicated pre-check scanner) as well as the expedited arrival into the US with Global Entry - which also uses biometric data but which the US government already knows about everyone with a US passport and obtains from most countries as part of their shared security protocols.

    1. Never In Doubt Guest

      You should stick to Delta sycophancy.

      "Given that you are giving your biometric data to a private company, people should think twice if the tradeoff is worth it.”

      Everyone wants to know if you’ve thought twice Tim Dunn.

      "Outside of Delta and United hubs, as noted, CLEAR isn't any faster than pre-check.”

      So at 10-15 of the biggest US airports, which probably serve a decent plurality of US air travel, CLEAR is definitely faster. Did you have a point beyond that?

    2. Tim Dunn Diamond

      reread what I wrote and get help if you can't stop fixating on what I write.
      The only thing I said was about Delta and United hubs.
      If you think my statement is wrong, at least bother to provide some sort of anecdotal evidence, even if it is made up. Since the TSA publishes wait times for its services, it isn't hard to tell if someone is just blowing smoke.

    3. Eskimo Guest

      Tim is spreading misinformation once again.

      The US government, at least legally, doesn't have fingerprints for US citizens unless you provide them with your consent.
      Yes you should think twice before giving your biometric data to a private company. You should think thrice for giving your biometric data to any very large and powerful entities such as governments. Entities that could hinder the security of a 'free' state.

      Is CLEAR faster outside hubs, I...

      Tim is spreading misinformation once again.

      The US government, at least legally, doesn't have fingerprints for US citizens unless you provide them with your consent.
      Yes you should think twice before giving your biometric data to a private company. You should think thrice for giving your biometric data to any very large and powerful entities such as governments. Entities that could hinder the security of a 'free' state.

      Is CLEAR faster outside hubs, I would say yes. Saving 5 minutes is still saving time. At hubs, it could save you up to 30 minutes just like GEICO. ;)

    4. Tim Dunn Diamond

      if you have a US passport, you almost certainly have biometric data on it. same for most western countries.

    5. Tim Dunn Diamond

      and biometric data includes a digital photograph that can "read" the configuration of your face.

    6. Eskimo Guest

      Another Tim Dunn pulling something out of context again, at least you corrected yourself a bit this time.

      Let's be clear, we're talking about CLEAR.
      Biometrics in the context of CLEAR's collection is your fingerprints or eye.
      In the US Passport, as you correct yourself, or most biometric passport is your photo for facial recognition.
      So yes, CBP has my photo, so does Facebook.
      But would you trust Zuckerberg with fingerprints...

      Another Tim Dunn pulling something out of context again, at least you corrected yourself a bit this time.

      Let's be clear, we're talking about CLEAR.
      Biometrics in the context of CLEAR's collection is your fingerprints or eye.
      In the US Passport, as you correct yourself, or most biometric passport is your photo for facial recognition.
      So yes, CBP has my photo, so does Facebook.
      But would you trust Zuckerberg with fingerprints or iris?

      Biometrics in general term could be anything from your height to fingerprints to genital measurement.

    7. Mark R. Guest

      Agree, I have a real problem giving my biometric data to a private company that trades publicly.

    8. Chick Guest

      This has been what stops me from getting Clear, I can’t find, as of the last time I looked about 2 years ago, any substantive discussion of their security measures, encryption strength, data retention policies, etc. Nada... Maybe it’s there now, but I haven’t looked.

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Agree, I have a real problem giving my biometric data to a private company that trades publicly.

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uldguy Diamond

As more and more of the “great unwashed” join the ranks of TSA pre-check, it makes a Clear membership all that more valuable. I’ve seen many instances where the pre-check line is longer than the normal security line. And now pre-check is increasingly being filled by families with strollers and the like further delaying the queue. I’m glad I have Clear. I just wished it was available in more locations.

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DiogenesTheCynic New Member

Yeah, I find it to be fairly useful at DCA. It maybe just saves you a few minutes, but for the $0 OOP cost, it's nice to have. Avoids you having to get your wallet out, too, which if you're juggling a bunch of stuff is nice.

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