CLEAR Announces Expansion to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas

July 23, 2014

CLEAR’s biometric identity verification to speed travelers through airport security at McCarran International Airport (LAS) beginning late this summer

 (NEW YORK, NY – June 18, 2014) CLEAR, a technology provider using advanced biometric identity verification to speed travelers through airport security, announced today it would launch its unique services Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport this summer.

“We are thrilled to be bringing CLEAR to Las Vegas. McCarran is the tenth airport offering our services,” said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman Becker. “CLEAR and McCarran are dedicated to creating the safest and most efficient experience possible for travelers departing this world-renowned destination.”

Certified by the Department of Homeland Security as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology, CLEAR members use their biometrics (fingerprint and iris) to verify their identity allowing them expedited security screening at major US airports across the country. At all of its locations CLEAR services are closely integrated with TSA’s Pre-Check. Typical CLEAR members consistently get through airport checkpoints in less than 5 minutes. CLEAR anticipates launching dedicated members-only security lanes and enrollment kiosks in three of McCarran’s checkpoints in mid-August 2014.

CLEAR membership is only $179 a year for unlimited use.  Members can add their spouse or partner for an additional $50, and children under 18 are always free (no CLEAR card required) through the CLEAR lane. Military and corporate discounts are also available.

CLEAR’s secure biometric technology is scalable for other uses and platforms, including stadiums, universities, municipal buildings and other venues seeking fast, effective and secure identity verification on a large scale.

 For a demonstration on how CLEAR works, view this video: http://vimeo.com/53687250

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CLEAR Seeks Growth Four Years After Exiting Bankruptcy

July 22, 2014

CLEARLane in ActionBy Tom Corrigan

21 July 2014
Dow Jones Institutional News
Copyright © 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Four years after emerging from bankruptcy, CLEAR, a biometric-identification service that allows customers to zip through security screenings, is preparing to open fast lanes in new airports across the country.

According to CLEAR President and Chief Financial Officer Ken Cornick, the Manhattan company, whose screening services are available at nine U.S. airports, will enter McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, a hub for many conferences and conventions. The new lanes could open as soon as next month.

The move is expected to add 30 employees to CLEAR’s 230-employee roster, and the company is in talks to make its services available in Miami International Airport and Baltimore Washington International Airport.

“We are close to finalizing an agreement with CLEAR,” Greg Chin, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, said Monday afternoon. “We expect an agreement to be in place in the coming months.”

A representative of Baltimore Washington International Airport couldn’t immediately be reached.

CLEAR’s growth plans come more than four years after the company’s predecessor filed for bankruptcy protection in December 2009 to address more than $30 million in debt. At the time, it had outsourced almost all its functions, including the creation and maintenance of its biometric technology. The company also had contracts with a wide variety of airports, some in cities as small as Albany, N.Y.

Alclear LLC acquired CLEAR out of bankruptcy in 2010. Today, CLEAR develops its own technology, is profitable and expects net revenue of more than $20 million this year, sharing several million of that with its airport partners.

CLEAR’s service, which Chairman and Chief Executive Caryn Seidman-Becker refers to as the “ATM of identity,” uses biometrics such as a fingerprint or iris scan to confirm a person’s identity.

To enroll in CLEAR, a customer must visit a company center to supply his or her personal and biometric information, which are in turn used to create profiles that meet federal requirements and allow for expedited security screenings.

Using CLEAR’s blue-and-white kiosks and dedicated lanes at airport security checkpoints, members skip the lines that for many passengers, all too familiar with the discomforts of flying, often add insult to injury.

“It’s basically a nonstop walk straight through security to the metal detector,” said Randy Ramcharan, a CLEAR member. “I think the longest I’ve ever waited is behind two people.”
Mr. Ramcharan, a 29-year-old consultant from San Antonio, said he took 85 to 90 round-trip flights last year and expects to exceed that number this year.

The service costs $179 per year for unlimited use. A family member can be added for $50, and children under 18 can tag along free.

Because not every airport is a CLEAR partner, the service isn’t yet practical for some frequent fliers. Members say they had to consider the number of trips they will take through airports with CLEAR.

“In order to justify the expense, you have to have a significant number of flights through their enabled airports,” said Rick Drushal, a 30-year-old data consultant from San Jose, which, along with San Francisco, is a CLEAR-enabled airport.

CLEAR isn’t the only program designed to help travelers zip through the airport screening process. The Transportation Security Administration’s Precheck program, launched in 2011, allows approved members to keep on their shoes and light jackets, while liquids and laptops can stay tucked away inside bags.

But CLEAR isn’t a Precheck rival. In fact, many CLEAR members are also Precheck enrollees. “We love Precheck,” said Ms. Seidman-Becker, who said the TSA’s program is “highly complementary” with CLEAR.

While CLEAR focuses on getting members to an airport’s metal detectors quickly and efficiently, Precheck offers what is essentially pre-9/11 screening to trusted travelers who, like CLEAR members, have their backgrounds examined and are checked against law-enforcement databases.

Mark J. Sullivan, the former head of the U.S. Secret Service and now a partner at security consulting firm Global Security & Intelligence Strategies, said CLEAR can be a valuable risk-management tool for airports. “I look at this as one more method of mitigating threat,” said Mr. Sullivan, who doesn’t have any ties to the company. “The fact that they’re using biometrics and data analytics, I think is just a really forward-leaning way of looking at risks.”

Mr. Sullivan and his partner Paul Benda, the former head of research and development for the Department of Homeland Security, also said the company’s technology could be tailored to augment security screenings at stadiums or to improve many businesses’ background-check systems.

Though CLEAR’s predecessor shut down prior to filing for bankruptcy, it honored the remaining subscription terms for its nearly 160,000 former members when it was relaunched. About 75% of those former customers renewed their memberships, according to Ms. Seidman-Becker.

“They did a very commendable job in contacting all those folks,” said James Rose, the Deputy Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the operator of the Orlando International Airport, which offers CLEAR screening.

Mr. Rose says the company is looking for additional ways to enhance its service, including collaborating with one of the airport’s food-concession businesses to offer breakfast to members on their way through security.

For everyone else stuck in the slow lane, watching CLEAR members cut to the front of the line undoubtedly provokes at least a little jealousy. But Ms. Seidman-Becker doesn’t see it that way. “It’s no more skipping the line than going to the ATM instead of a bank teller,” she said.

(Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review covers news about distressed companies and those under bankruptcy protection. Go to http://dbr.dowjones.com)

Write to Tom Corrigan at tom.corrigan@wsj.com.

July 21, 2014 17:23 ET (21:23 GMT)

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CLEAR Eliminates Another Line at the Airport

April 21, 2014

What’s better than breezing through airport security?  Having your drink and snack waiting for you on the other side of course! To make travel easier, CLEAR, Orlando International Airport and OTG have partnered to battle another long line.

In this exciting new beta program, CLEARmembers can now order snacks as they speed through the CLEARlane and have their items waiting for them at a CIBO Express Gourmet Market counter nearest to their gate.  Payments are embedded in the new grab-n-go concessions program so CLEAR travelers don’t need to wait at the register to pay. No more waiting for people fishing change out of their pockets, deciding which magazine to get or debating the merits of coffee vs tea.

This is another step in CLEAR’s mission to create a better customer experience beyond the airport security line.  We are excited for this pilot and look forward to debuting this service at other CLEAR airports.

“CLEAR continues to transform the travel experience for our members.  We understand the many pain points and bottlenecks travelers face today and are very excited to ease the stress with this new benefit.” stated Caryn Seidman Becker, CLEAR’s Chairman and CEO.

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We want to know your thoughts. Tweet us @clear_me with your experience, pictures and questions. We look forward to hearing your stories about our new service.

 

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San Jose CLEARlanes now open!

September 13, 2013

CLEAR members can now speed through airport security in both Terminal A and B at San Jose International Airport (SJC), serving all airlines. We are excited to bring the fastest, most predictable way through airport security to more Bay Area travelers.

The hours for Terminal A and Terminal B CLEARlanes are Monday-Friday 5am-8pm. PreCheck integration will be available in both terminals at San Jose International once PreCheck opens there next month. This means that if CLEAR members have PreCheck, they can use the CLEARlane as usual to avoid long lines and then use the PreCheck lane for physical screening (if qualified for that flight): the most efficient travel experience possible. The CLEAR PreCheck experience is currently available in Denver, Orlando, and San Francisco.

We are thrilled to be open in San Jose. CLEAR is growing fast and has already been used over 1.2 million times, saving our members over 36 million minutes. A huge “thank you” to our members for their continued loyalty and support.

 

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CLEAR is coming to San Jose!

August 20, 2013

Great news! CLEAR is coming to San Jose International Airport (SJC) this September. We are excited to bring CLEAR to Silicon Valley, an area that values cutting edge technology, and to serve more travelers in the Bay Area.

San Jose will be the 9th airport addition to our growing national network. Two of the most popular destinations from San Jose (Denver & Dallas) are already part of the CLEAR family!

Here are some facts about San Jose and its airport:

  • San Jose is the 3rd largest city in California and the 10th in the US
  • It’s known as the capital city of the Silicon Valley
  • The airport serves the tech and start-up community based in Northern California
  • SJC is growing – traffic through the airport is up nearly 6%!

San Jose here we come!

 

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Bigger, Better, Faster: CLEAR Announces Big Expansion to Houston, Texas

August 15, 2013

Exciting news! CLEAR is expanding to both George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in November 2013.

We are thrilled to expand our network and grow our footprint in Texas by bringing CLEAR to Houston. George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby airport serve over 50 million passengers every year, a number that will continue to grow, especially as Hobby expands into international flights in 2015. CLEAR and The Houston Airport System are similarly dedicated to creating the best possible experience for residents and visitors to the largest city in Texas. We look forward to welcoming Houston into the CLEAR network this year.

Three of the top ten most popular destinations from IAH (Denver, San Francisco & Dallas) and HOU (Dallas, Denver, Orlando) are already CLEAR airports. This, in addition to the launch of CLEAR at San Antonio International Airport this August, will further drive the powerful network effect for current and future CLEAR members.

Thanks to all of our loyal CLEAR members for sharing in our excitement – we couldn’t do what we do without your feedback, support, and loyalty.

See you in the CLEAR lane!

 

 

 

 

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CLEAR is now open in San Antonio!

August 15, 2013

CLEAR members can now speed through airport security in Terminal B at San Antonio International Airport (SAT). For now CLEAR is only in SAT’s Terminal B, but we will be expanding to Terminal A in late September 2013.

We are thrilled to bring CLEAR to one of the fastest growing cities in the US and a major hub for both business and leisure travelers. CLEAR and San Antonio International Airport are aligned in creating the best possible travel experience for San Antonio passengers.

Two of the most popular destinations from San Antonio (Dallas & Denver) are already CLEAR airports, further driving the powerful network effect for our members. Additionally, we will be launching in both Houston airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. CLEAR is taking over Texas!

As always, many thanks to our members for your loyalty and support as CLEAR continues to grow. We look forward to seeing you in our newest CLEARlanes!

 

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The CLEAR Vision

December 6, 2012

We’re so excited to debut our new video that shows a world where just the touch of a finger can make travel simple, seamless, and secure.  Today, CLEAR’s technology platform helps busy travelers speed through airport security, bringing predictability back into travel, but this is only the beginning.  We are working on a variety of secure identity solutions that over the next decade will improve the way people live, work, and travel.  Excited? So are we.

Check out our video and let us know where you’d like to see the seamless security of CLEAR down the road!

 

CLEAR Vision from CLEARme on Vimeo.


WESTCHESTER HERE WE COME!

October 18, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Exciting news! CLEAR is adding another airport to its network:  New York’s Westchester County Airport (HPN).  The plan is to launch in November, ahead of the busy holiday travel season.  HPN is an important part of CLEAR’s New York footprint and is a great first step to bringing CLEAR to other NY airports (something we are very excited about as a NY-based company).

A bit of background on Westchester:

-       Westchester County is located about 30 miles outside of Manhattan

-       It is home to several Fortune 500 companies including: Pepsi, IBM, MasterCard and Starwood

-       4 of the top 10 destinations from HPN are in Florida…Orlando (another CLEAR city) is Westchester’s second most popular destination!

This is our 3rd airport announcement in the last 6 months, and there are more to come, so stay tuned!  In the last few weeks, the CLEAR team has been fanned out across the country meeting with airport executives, city officials and airlines in order to bring all stakeholders together, because expanding CLEAR is our #1 priority.

Thanks to all of our loyal CLEAR members for sharing in our excitement – we couldn’t do what we do without your feedback, support, and loyalty.

See you in the CLEAR lane!

Caryn Seidman-Becker

CLEAR CEO

 

CLEAR coming soon to Westchester County Airport!


Meet Nora!

September 14, 2012

Hi There!

Let me introduce myself—I’m Nora, and I’m the newest member of the CLEAR team. I came on board because, as someone who developed a strong wanderlust at an early age, I was so excited by the way CLEAR transforms travel.

I always say that I love to travel but hate traveling. That may seem like splitting hairs, but if you’ve ever missed a flight because security unexpectedly took 2 hours, or been bored out of your mind sitting at a gate because you overestimated how long security would take, then you know what I mean.  So for me CLEAR is a no brainer, and I am thrilled to be part of a team dedicated to helping people like me begin to love the destination and love getting there.

While the speed and hassle-free travel may have been what caught my attention at first, after spending a few months at the company, I’ve realized that CLEAR’s mission goes beyond simply speeding members through the airport. Each member of the CLEAR team, from our CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker to the attendants you see in the CLEAR lanes everyday, is completely committed to making flying more secure for every traveler.  At its heart, CLEAR is a company with an important purpose and one I’m very proud to be a part of.

Please remember my inbox is always open, and I’d love to hear from you!

Nora

nora@clearme.com

 


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