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Clear speeds up airport checkpoint lines at McCarran International Airport

Clear, which recently rolled out its fingerprint and iris recognition system at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, said that the greatest advantage of its technology is speeding up airport checkpoint lines, according to a report by Review Journal.

Previously reported, Clear introduced its biometrics security fast-pass system at McCarran International Airport this past summer, making it the 10th airport in the United States to offer the identity verification system.

Clear’s biometric kiosks can be found near Terminal 3 checkpoint and the checkpoints at the C and D gates and the C gate annex in Terminal 1.

Clear and McCarran also plan to install additional machines in the A and B gate area.

To use the machines, Clear customers insert a card into the kiosk, scan a paper or mobile boarding pass which then prompts them to conduct either a fingerprint scan or iris image capture.

Once the passenger is successfully verified, he or she is directed to a separate expedited lane for known travelers. Clear employees are also available on hand to assist with the process if needed.

Those passengers who are interested in setting a Clear account can do so at an airport kiosk, Clear’s McCarran office or start the process online. To set up an account, customers will need two forms of identification, generally a passport and a driver’s license.

Clear has hired 45 “ambassadors” to help customers in Las Vegas, said Clear VP of operations Charmaine Taylor.

Other than McCarran, Clear kiosks are in operation at airports in San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, Orlando, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston’s Hobby International and Bush Intercontinental airports, and Westchester County, New York.

Clear recently posted a case study video that provides more details about implementing its biometrics security fast-pass system at McCarran International Airport.

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8 Replies to “Clear speeds up airport checkpoint lines at McCarran International Airport”

  1. Stephen – thank you for highlighting this deployment, iris recognition is certainly finding it’s path as one of if not the most reliable and secure biometric identification management technologies.

    I did want to point out however that we need to cease using the words “scan” and “scanning” when referring to iris recognition. Iris cameras do not scan anything, they capture a photograph. Scanning is more relevant to retinal biometric identification where visible light is actually beamed into the eyes. Iris cameras are just that – a digital camera that takes a photograph, they are not “scanners” as we know that word to be.

    We bring this up because most consumers have a negative connotation with the word “scan” or “scanning” and when they hear this, their thoughts immediately turn to Hollywood movies that depict biometric recognition as an invasive technology that beams visible light into their eyes. This scares people and puts ideas in their head that biometrics may be unsafe or unhealthy for them to use, which as we know it isn’t at all.

    As stewards of delivering the news to the general public, we feel that journalists have a responsibility to not only report on the use and success of biometrics – as Biometric Update does so well – but also understand and accurately use the correct technical terminology when discussing it in the context of real life deployments. We depend on you to not only report the facts, but to help perpetuate accurate use of the technology vernacular to help people understand that this technology is safe and reliable.

    Thank you!

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