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

 


Happy Labor Day!

September 3, 2012

Today we’re celebrating one of the most rewarding, important and well-timed holidays of the year—Labor Day.

Did you know (I didn’t) that Labor Day celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers and was first proposed in 1882? That’s a lot of years of celebrating how hard we work. Falling perfectly between 4th of July and Thanksgiving, Labor Day comes at a time when we could all use a nice, long, three-day weekend.

Today, Labor Day is seen as the symbolic end of summer, which, let’s face it, can be a bummer. No more long nights or delicious BBQs with friends and family. But Labor Day doesn’t have to mean the end of summer. This year, CLEAR is redefining Labor Day as the start of fall!

labor day leaves

We insist you take a well-deserved long weekend to rest, give your mind a break and get excited for a fall season full of colorful leaves, pumpkin pie, and perfect travel weather.

Work hard… travel easy.

Have a great holiday and see you in the CLEAR lane!


Want to Travel Like a Pro?

August 1, 2012

Tim Ferriss, Author of The 4-Hour Workweek, and the CLEAR Team have some Tips to Share!

Recently, Tim Ferriss, a man who understands the value of speed and time, shared some of his expert tips for quick and painless travel in The New York Times Travel Section. Tim relies on his CLEAR card to guarantee that he’ll spend no more than 5 minutes going through airport security, meaning he can zip “from home to gate in 20 minutes.” Isn’t that the dream?

At CLEAR, our team is constantly moving. Whether supporting our airport partners from San Francisco to Orlando, or visiting new cities in order to bring the CLEAR experience to more travelers nationwide, we have a passion for travel, and, if we do say so ourselves, we do it well. Check out some of our tricks for a stress-free trip!

Tim Ferriss travel tips CLEAR

CLEAR members are ‘UP in the Air’ all the time—one thing we definitely never pack? A pillow!

 

 

Top 11 CLEAR Travel Tips:

  1. We agree with Tim—never check a bag. All you need is one nice pair of pants, a basic pair of shoes, and a couple of shirts.
  2. Download helpful apps like Tripit and Gate Guru, so you can check flight status and gate on the way to the airport.
  3. Always bring something non-digital, like work or a magazine, so you can stay productive during takeoffs and landings.
  4. Pick up a cup of coffee and a snack before you board—flight options are sometimes limited. In San Francisco we love Peet’s Coffee and Starbucks.
  5. Remember that sometimes even empty bags can be heavy—invest in a light but durable carry-on. We love expandable ones!
  6. Keep toiletries in a small bag at the top of your luggage so that they can be easily removed when going through security.
  7. Always put your house keys in the same outside pocket of your travel bag. That way, you’re never scrambling to find them when you get back home.
  8. To avoid getting hung-up at the security screening, take off all outerwear like scarves and jackets, as well as metal, like watches and cellphones, right as you step into the airport.
  9. Always keep a travel bag ready to go with things like chargers, toiletries, and copies of documents. That way you only have to add clothes.
  10. After you land, take advantage of membership programs offered by places such as Starwood Hotels. Just like frequent flying, you’ll be rewarded for your loyalty with benefits, points, and upgrades.
  11. Security lines are unpredictable so make sure to leave plenty of time to avoid stress. That is, of course, unless you’re flying out of a CLEAR airport—then you know security will only take about five minutes!
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CLEAR RECEIVES SAFETY ACT CERTIFICATION

June 28, 2012

CLEAR receives Safety Act Certification by The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security for its expedited traveler biometric identification technology solution

(NEW YORK, NY – June 25, 2012) – CLEAR has been awarded the prestigious SAFETY Act Certification by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), making it the only expedited traveler solution to be placed on DHS’s “Approved Product List for Homeland Security.”

CLEAR seeks to improve the airport experience by enhancing security and offering speed and predictability to busy travelers. With its innovative biometric technology platform, CLEAR securely automates the identification process at airports enabling its members to verify their identity using their fingerprint or iris.  Homeland Security has always been at the forefront of CLEAR’s mission, and the company values the SAFETY Act Certification as recognition of its unique and secure technology.

CLEAR’s airport partners also benefit from the SAFETY Act Certification, as its liability protections extend to them as well.  “CLEAR helps airports achieve the most effective security in the most efficient way all while increasing throughput and delivering a better experience for all travelers,” said Caryn Seidman-Becker, CLEAR Chairman and CEO.  “This Certification further protects our airport partners and we continue to work tirelessly to bring CLEAR’s service to airports across the nation.”

On December 21, 2010, CLEAR was awarded SAFETY Act Designation from DHS, a prerequisite for Certification.  In order to then receive SAFETY Act Certification, CLEAR’s technology demonstrated consistent positive results, as well as proven procedures for installation, use, and maintenance of its systems.  This Certification follows a rigorous review of the systems, processes and policies that are part of the CLEAR solution, and provides significant liability protections for CLEAR and its airport partners.

CLEAR’s Certification as a DHS Qualified Anti-terrorism Technology comes on the heels of its recent launch of expedited traveler services at two additional airports: San Francisco International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.  To date, CLEAR’s member-only lanes have been used over 600,000 times across its national network.

“CLEAR is the whole package: Certainty of speed, high standards of customer service and, of course, increased security,” noted Seidman-Becker.  “We are honored to continue working with industry thought-leaders and the Department of Homeland Security to better serve all travelers.”

CLEAR has been Certified by the Department of Homeland Security as a Qualified Anti-terrorism Technology under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (the SAFETY Act).  You can view CLEAR’s SAFETY Act listing on DHS’ Approved Product List for Homeland Security at the SAFETY Act website at www.safetyact.gov.

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About CLEAR

CLEAR is the trusted repository for secure identification.  Today, CLEAR’s biometric platform delivers speed, predictability, and service to members at the airport, while enhancing airport security. CLEAR’s dedicated lanes speed members through security in five minutes or less on average. Enrollment is fast and easy, either at the airport, in town, or at your office. For more information about CLEAR, go to www.CLEARme.com, or visit CLEAR on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, contact:
Jon Siegel
CLEAR
212-223-5056

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CLEAR to sponsor 80th annual U.S. conference of mayors, as part of a month-long national expansion

June 12, 2012

Conference comes on the heels of CLEAR’s launch at SFO; Just before the launch of DFW

(ORLANDO, FL – June 11, 2012) CLEAR today announced that it will sponsor the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Summer Meeting, which will be held in Orlando during the week of June 13-16.  This comes on the heels of CLEAR’s launch at San Francisco Airport and just ahead of the much-anticipated launch at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport at the end of June, capping off an intense six-week period of national activity.

“We, in Orlando, know the benefits of CLEAR firsthand.  It makes traveling faster and easier, which helps us attract more tourists and business travelers, and allows Orlando residents to speed through airport security without waiting in long lines.  I’m thrilled that CLEAR is sponsoring the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Summer Meeting and am pleased that my colleagues will get the chance to see how CLEAR works,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

“Innovative technology solutions are important in continuing to build our airports into powerful engines for economic development,” said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker.  “We are thrilled to introduce CLEAR to more of America’s mayors and demonstrate our ability to help create new jobs, generate additional revenue and increase security at airports across the country.”

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About CLEAR

CLEAR is the trusted repository for secure identification.  Today, CLEAR’s biometric platform delivers speed, predictability, and service to members at the airport, while enhancing airport security. CLEAR’s dedicated lanes speed members through security in five minutes or less on average. Enrollment is fast and easy, either at the airport, in town, or at your office.

CLEAR operates at San Francisco, Denver and Orlando international airports and will be launching in Dallas/Fort Worth in early summer.  Over 600,000 travelers have used our lanes, collectively saving CLEAR members more than 17 million minutes.  CLEAR has a base of more than 200,000 members across the U.S.

For more information on how to transform travel with CLEAR, go to www.CLEARme.com, or visit Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CLEARme and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLEAR_me.

For more information, contact:

Gareth Edmondson Jones
CLEAR
212-223-5203
gareth@clearme.com

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Regus and CLEAR Join Forces For Hassle-Free Business Travel

June 7, 2012

Mobile workers will save time at U.S. airports
and have access to professional business lounges 

DALLAS (June 7, 2012) – In a move that will help business travelers save time while navigating through congested airport security checkpoints, Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, announced a new partnership agreement with CLEAR, a cutting-edge technology company offering dedicated security lanes to help passengers speed through airport security checkpoints.

“The majority of Regus customers are mobile workers and take advantage of our global network of professional workspaces,” said Michael Haas, Regus’ Director of Partnerships. “Through this partnership we can now help them have a better travel experience at some of the busiest airports in the country.”

Currently available in San Francisco, Orlando and Denver International Airports, and anticipating opening in Dallas-Fort Worth this summer, CLEAR seeks to expand its expedited traveler service to many more airports across the U.S.

As part of the agreement, Regus Businessworld Members will be awarded a 90-day free trial to CLEAR with unlimited access to CLEAR’s network of airports.  CLEAR members will be entitled to a one-year Regus Businessworld Gold membership providing unlimited access to Regus’ global network of 1,200 business lounges.

“CLEAR and Regus both promote productivity and efficiency and we are excited to share services and amenities between our members,” said Effie Epstein, CLEAR’s Director of Business Development & Strategy. “The Regus business lounges offer a convenient and professional place to work while on the road; that is a value-added benefit to our members.”

CLEAR members will also receive discounts on future meeting room bookings and videoconferencing services at any Regus business center.  They can also secure one-month free on any virtual office program and/or full-time office agreement.

About Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.

Over a million customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,200 locations in 550 cities and 95 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

For more information, visit: www.regus.com.

About CLEAR

CLEAR is the trusted repository for secure identification.  Today, CLEAR’s biometric platform delivers certainty of speed and the highest level of service to members at the airport, while enhancing airport security. CLEAR’s dedicated lanes speed members through security in five minutes or less and our lanes have been used over half a million times.  Enrollment is fast and easy and can be done at any of CLEAR’s enrollment centers (http://clearme.com/enrollment-centers).  For more information on how CLEAR can transform your travel experience, go to www.CLEARme.com.

For more information, contact:

Grant Greenberg
Regus PR and Communication Manager
Grant.Greenberg@Regus.com

Lisha DeFreitas
CLEAR Member Services
lisha@clearme.com

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CLEAR CEO Interview on TravelTalkRADIO

June 4, 2012

CLEAR’s CEO, Caryn Seidman-Becker, was interviewed on TravelTalkRADIO. She discussed CLEAR’s opening at SFO as well as her broader vision for CLEAR as a biometric platform.

Hear the interview here:
http://www.traveltalkradio.com/ERIC/may27_12/BTR_clearlane_caryn_Seidman_Becker_may27_12seg02_03_13min25sec.mp3

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CLEAR at SFO launch coverage on CBS

May 24, 2012

Nice coverage on CLEAR’s SFO opening by the local CBS affiliate.

Watch for a brief interview of Ken Cornick, our co-founder and CFO.

 

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Prescreening service back at SFO under new owner

May 23, 2012

Nice piece in SFGate.com this morning.

A service that provided biometric prescreening of frequent airline passengers is returning under new management to San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday, just ahead of the busy Memorial Day travel weekend.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/23/BUGK1OLQ3B.DTL

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CLEAR exclusive webinar: David Allen’s “Stress-Free Productivity on the Road” June 5

May 17, 2012

GTD on the Fly

CLEAR Getting Things Done WebinarEven if you’re not a David Allen follower (yet!), he’s probably impacted you. Allen is the universally predominant productivity consultant. His Getting Things Done® (GTD)® philosophy has been adopted by millions, his company has consulted with over 40% of all Fortune 100 companies, and he has over 1.2 million Twitter followers. His methods are meticulous yet infectious, and he’s influenced work as we know it on every scale: from how super-executives run huge organizations, to the way some of your colleagues probably excavate a bloated email inbox.

We believe that done right, efficiency can be almost professionally transcendent. Productivity is a big theme on our blog; our customer base is comprised of people who prioritize spending as little time as possible doing necessary things like passing through airport security. So it’s with huge excitement that we announce CLEAR’s upcoming webinar hosted by David Allen, which will include customized content for the CLEAR business traveler.

CLEAR will present Allen’s “Stress-Free Productivity on the Road” on June 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. PST / 2:00 p.m. EST. We’ll announce registration details shortly.

For Allen, the end goal of productivity is to have nothing on your mind but what you’re doing that moment. Be that designing a million dollar website, running a board meeting, playing with your kid, or catching up on Game of Thrones, you’re fully there. And Allen’s advice appeals not just to power executives but also to creatives off the corporate track. You can use GTD to annihilate life administration tasks fast. It’s all the better to chase the creativity muse without the pressing nag of something else you have to do.

No matter your line of work, nothing bucks people off the productivity bull as handily as travel. Allen will teach even the road warriors among us to maximize the “weird time” that occurs on any trip, how to have an “email snack,” what tools to take with you (like a traveling inbox), and how to manage reentry into your home life with no post-travel collapse.

This webinar is free of charge, and part of the resources we like to offer to help people juice their lives to the fullest and get stuff done. We’ll update this blog and our Facebook page with the link to register for and join the webinar closer to the date.

David Allen is the Chairman and Founder of the David Allen Company, an international training and consulting firm specializing in the fields of personal and organizational productivity. He has been called “One of the world’s most influential thinkers in the field of productivity”, designated as “One of America’s top 100 thought leaders”, and named one of the “Top 100 people” to follow on Twitter.” David is the author of 3 books. His international bestseller “Getting Things Done” has been a perennial bestseller since its release in 2001, and it is now published in over 28 languages.

 

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