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 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.

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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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Tony Horton at CLEAR

May 1, 2012

Tony Horton, developer of exercise program P90X, was gracious enough to pose for a photo during his CLEAR enrollment at our New York office.

Tony Horton CLEAR enrollment

He also let us shoot a quick video.

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CLEAR Virtual Cocktail Party with Randy Petersen

April 17, 2012

Update: download audio and the presentation at bottom of this post.

CLEAR is all about the travelers.  Whether you travel once a year or 52 times a year, we’ve all had our fair share of ups, downs and in-betweens when it comes to the travel experience.  No one can relate to those more than “the most influential frequent flyer in America,” Randy Petersen.  Randy is the founder of and several other websites that feature products, services, news and analysis tailored exclusively for the travelers.

Randy has graciously agreed to share his very own Top 10 lists (David Letterman style) about the good, bad and ugly of the airport experience (from the passengers’ perspective, of course) with the CLEAR community:

Top 10:  Don’t Change a Thing…What Travelers Like

Top 10:  Time to Rethink…This is When Travelers Gripe

This exclusive CLEAR webinar will take place on Friday, April 20, at 1pm EST (actually, think of this more as a virtual cocktail party than just a plain, old webinar).  We guarantee a fun-filled, always entertaining session with Randy.  You’ll laugh, sigh, and remember what it is you love about traveling.  And the best part? YOU can ask Randy your most burning questions about travel, airports and the like.  Just submit your questions to prior to Thursday, April 19 and we’ll do our best to ensure they’re answered.

Please RSVP here:


Thanks to Randy Petersen, the most influential frequent flyer in America, for sharing great travel-related insight with the CLEAR community last week.  We agree with him that technology is key to improving the travel experience!  We’ve had several requests for the audio and the presentation, so the materials are below.  Feel free to pass around to friends, colleagues and fellow travelers.

Randy Petersen Webinar on Airports– Audio Only

Randy Petersen Webinar for CLEAR– Presentation


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When Sleepiness Is Your Friend

April 4, 2012

As we write this post, we are very, very sleepy. Apparently, the state of being a little tired, when you might normally avoid doing creative work, makes your brain work a bit differently – and more creatively. Cognitive research says you may make new connections and arrive at more imaginative insights when you’re sluggish.

sleep habits

So rather than attacking the state of mild sleepiness with multiple slams of the snooze button followed by a caffeine I.V., try embracing the grogginess by changing your morning routine. It seems that nothing kills a change-the-world mindframe like a stressed-out, rushed (and typically American) morning routine of rushing, rush hour commuting, long lines (the type you can avoid with CLEAR!), and depressing daily news.

Another sleep-related habit that tends to send most of us reeling into I’m-going-to-be-too-tired-to-work tomorrow panic mode is finding yourself awake in the middle of the night. But according to some sleep specialists, this too is not inherently a bad thing.

Back before urban humans brought nighttime “daylight” to every city street and activities at night “became fashionable,” people went to bed when it was dark, woke up a few hours in the middle of the night, and then went back to sleep until dawn.

If you wake up in those early morning hours unable to fall right back to sleep, even lying awake mulling your thoughts (when’s the last time you let yourself do nothing but think?) could be good for your mental state. Maybe it’s even a good time to get some creative work done.

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New York Times Article on CLEAR

March 13, 2012

Did you see the news?


Joe Sharkey at the New York Times, wrote an article that covers some of CLEAR’s plans…

including the exciting news that we’re coming to Dallas/Ft Worth International Airport!

He also wrote:

“Under the new owners who bought Clear out of bankruptcy in 2010, the service is starting to expand aggressively again. The new Clear is proposing a pilot program with the Transportation Security Administration that would rejuvenate the idea of partnerships between private enterprise and the government in air travel security.”

Read the full article here:


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DST: A Productivity Hack to Beat “Spring Ahead!”

March 9, 2012

DST: A Productivity Hack to Beat “Spring Ahead!”

The holiday with a special place in our heart is fast approaching…

That’s right—

Daylight Saving Time is coming this weekend!

CLEAR is the (self-proclaimed) Official Sponsor of Daylight Saving Time.

It makes sense, right?

Here at CLEAR, we have a huge soft spot for any holiday that tries to extend the useful hours in your day… After all—that’s what CLEAR is all about.

This weekend, you’ll need to spring your clock ahead an hour… CLEAR members don’t need to worry– they’ll more than get that hour back by avoiding long airport lines.

Daylight Savings Stress

How to Save Time Every Day

Besides CLEAR, what else can you do to save time and make up for that lost hour many times over? If you had one hour less every day, how would you change your schedule?

We polled the office, and here are three ideas we came up with to save time daily:

- Wear wigs instead of spending time doing hair
- Stop exercising, eat only fast food, and/or give up showering
- Quit using the internet outside of work hours

And since none of us is ever going to try any of those, we realized we need to conduct a little more analysis.

Plan B

Early Sunday morning on March 11, 2012, the clock skips the 2 a.m. hour, taking us from 1:59 a.m. to 3 a.m. Remember to move ahead all your devices that don’t do so automatically.

Assuming Monday’s a work day, you’ll be likely to feel that loss of an hour then. The time when your body will want to go to bed will be “earlier,” making the day effectively shorter.

Track everything you do that day in 15-minute increments. Yes, a little tedious, but it’s easy if you carry a small notebook or leave voice memos for yourself about what you’ve done. Note how long you spend preparing food, eating, on personal hygiene, commuting, working (and not just being at your computer — actually working!), with your family, on the phone, watching TV, reading, relaxing, exercising; everything.

For better results do this for more than one day.

You’ll wind up with a lot of raw data you can put into a spreadsheet and see exactly how you spent your day. Any undesirable activities jumping out at you as taking way longer than you expected? See what you can do to tweak them to take less time out of your day.

Yes, it’s a little bit of work. But by becoming more aware of how you spend your time, that lost little hour didn’t have to die in vain.

Daylight Savings ecard

To help someone you care about deal with Daylight Savings, send them one of CLEAR’s official Daylight Savings ecards:

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Leap Day: The CLEAR of the Solar System

February 28, 2012

Every four years (unless it’s an end-of-century year that isn’t divisible by 400, but that’s another story) the calendar year slows down for a day to let the solar system catch up. On February 29:

CLEAR Leap Day

- Certain grandparents will celebrate their teen birthdays;
- Some women may be more likely to put a ring on it instead of waiting for their men;
- Disney will be open for 24 hours straight;
- Microsoft customers will get a preview of Windows 8; and
- You get an extra day on your year.

Functionally, leap day exists because it takes Earth about six hours more to fly around the sun than our calendar year is long. Without leap day, every hundred years the seasons would show up about a month later than we’re used too. Think of it as CLEAR for the solar year, ushering in each season without delay or stress.

Furthermore, if you liked Daylight Saving Time (of which we, CLEAR, are the self-professed “official” sponsors), you should embrace leap day. It’s an extra day for you to catch up with those New Year’s Resolutions you may or may not be keeping; a 24-hour period to make sure your year is on a productive track.

If you read our blog regularly, you know we’re big on productivity tricks and habits. Why not call Wednesday, February 29, 2012 a bonus day to make sure all the objects orbiting your world are aligned? With an extra day to get all you want done this year, a forward-thinking strategy and organization day could be just the thing you need to secure a smooth rest of 2012.

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Share The Love And Give Us A Like

February 14, 2012

If CLEAR were a significant other, what would we be like?

CLEAR airport security valentines day

Chivalrous: Escorting you past long lines.
Reliable: Works every time; adds the good kind of predictability to your day.
Smart: CLEAR uses super cutting-edge biometric technology (fingerprints and irises) to identify members.
Knows you well: Well, we knows exactly what your hands and eyes look like!
Soothing: It’s relaxing knowing you don’t have to rush to the airport just in case the security line is forever long.
Improving himself all the time: The CLEAR team is constantly working on bringing service to new airports.
Low maintenance: Encourages you to spend a little extra time with family or being productive.
A nice, clean-cut style: Just look at that crisp logo!

This Valentine’s Day, remember that you can share the CLEAR love with your spouse or partner; if you’re a CLEAR member, you can add him or her for just $50 per year. (Kids under 18 and flying with you are always free.) Saving your loved one time during travel makes a very sweet Valentine’s gift.

For our friends who live in or travel to San Francisco, you may have heard that we have a little extra love to share. We’re thrilled that SFO has accepted our “proposal”! While we haven’t quite picked a date yet, we’re tentatively planning to be up and running in the Bay Area early Q2.

Stay up to date on all CLEAR developments to keep you darting through airports like cupid’s arrow – we’re expecting to announce more  milestones soon – by liking us on Facebook.

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