Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Company offers airport travelers a fast track through security.


McCarran International Airport is welcoming a new company that uses a unique screening technology to quickly clear passengers through security.

"It's the lines, I hate the lines," said Geryn Childress, a traveler.

It's a common complaint from anyone inside an airport.

"Sometimes you can go through quickly and sometimes you'll wait an hour to go through," said traveler Mike Katona.
McCarran International Airport is welcoming a new company that uses a unique screening technology

Long lines at security checkpoints are a typical sight.

"They took a picture of the eyes and they said that they use that as an ID," said Ajay Gupta, a CLEAR member.

He is one of the first travelers taking advantage of CLEAR which is a company that uses fingerprints and an iris scan to take flyers from the back of the line to the front.

"When you come to use the lanes at the airport we won't need you to go through your purse and find your ID we just need your fingerprint," said Charmaine Taylor, vice president of operations for CLEAR.

The enrollment takes minutes, but the service is not free. There is a monthly charge of $15.

"It allows you to you go through a separate line and it allows you to go through without taking your computer out, without taking any liquid out," Katona said.

For the past four years, Katona has been a TSA Pre-Check member. It's a similar pay-for-membership that expedites the screening process for passengers.

"So far so good," Gupta said. "I was kind of surprised they had all the background info on me."

Company officials say 45 new jobs were created at McCarran. Currently CLEAR is only in 10 airports nationwide.