Clear biometric technology to enhance security screening at BWI airport

25 March 2015 (Last Updated March 25th, 2015 18:30)

New York-based secure biometric identity company Clear will be launching its security clearance services for enrolled members at Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport next month.

bwi

New York-based secure biometric identity company Clear will be launching its security clearance services for enrolled members at Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport next month.

The company will integrate its scanning kiosks into the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) existing Pre-Check system at the airport.

BWI is one of the three major airports serving the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area in the US. The other two are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

Currently, the airport is working on expanding its presence in the international market.

Travellers can apply for a membership in the Clear programme either online or at the airport's A, B and D concourses for less than $15 a month.

"Increasing our east coast presence and joining the DC Metro Area is a 2015 priority for us and we are thrilled to be accomplishing this in partnership with BWI."

CLEAR members at BWI will be given access to separate expedited security lanes once their identity is verified. The company said that on an average, members of Clear can pass through airport security checkpoints in less than five minutes.

Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker was quoted by The Baltimore Sun as saying: "We are thrilled to bring CLEAR to BWI, one of the nation's fastest-growing airports and one our CLEAR members have requested be added to our network.

"Increasing our east coast presence and joining the DC Metro Area is a 2015 priority for us and we are thrilled to be accomplishing this in partnership with BWI."

Currently, the services of Clear are available at airports in San Francisco and San Jose, Las Vegas, Denver, Orlando, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston's Hobby International and Bush Intercontinental airports and, at Westchester County.

The Miami International Airport will also offer Clear services starting this year.


Image: The Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport will be introducing Clear's security clearance services from next month. Photo: courtesy of JGHowes.