Being stuck in an airport security line is as much fun as standing in line for Disneyland rides, only most travelers do not consider the airport the happiest place on earth – far from it, in fact. But Clear, the nation’s biometric secure ID program that speeds you through airport security, wipes your travel worries away.
Clear celebrates one year anniversary at SFO
I became a Clear member when they first opened for business at San Francisco International Airport in May of 2012. My job as a travel writer has me flying in and out of SFO airport on a regular basis. I love my Clear membership because it saves me time – and as we all know, time is money. Statistically speaking, the average traveler saves about 30 minutes of waiting in line using the Clear card.
I always feel like a VIP when I pull out my Clear card and head to the front of the airport security line. In addition to skipping the TSA line, I’m made to feel welcome, and a little like James Bond. Instead of using iris scanning technology, I simply place my left index finger in the Clear scanning machine and voilà, I’m cleared for the head of the security line.
Clear contributes to San Francisco job market
With six Clear lanes at SFO, navigating security is a breeze with my Clear card. As Clear expands its presence at SFO, more jobs are created. In fact, 52 job were created by Clear in the past year. With 180 San Francisco Bay Area companies signing onto the corporate Clear program, there are sure to be less stressed employees at the airport – it takes a village, right? Being neighbors with Silicon Valley, it makes sense that San Francisco is home to the largest percentage of active Clear members.
Why isn’t Clear in every airport
The downside to Clear is that their airport presence is limited. To date, Clear operates in five US airports. And while their presence is growing, it take a huge push to enter major airports. I hope to report back on future blog posts about new Clear outposts in major international airports. Until then, Clear would like to celebrate their one year anniversary at San Francisco International Airport with a free Clear 3-month trail membership for you.
Insider Tip: Would you like to try Clear for free? Enter this code, CLRNAN13, on the Clear website listed below for a 3-month free trial membership of CLEAR.
If You Go:
CLEAR (855) ClearMe (253-2763)
Clear supplied me with a one-year membership for review.