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Biometric identification platform opens at Dulles, Reagan Airports

Picture of the CLEAR platform being tried out. Courtesy photo.
One of the country’s top biometric identity platforms has made its way to the Washington, D.C. region and partnered with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to open up at Washington Dulles and Ronald Reagan airports, CLEAR announced in a statement today.

With CLEAR, passengers pay an annual fee of $179 in exchange for moving faster through metal detectors and bag scans.

As U.S. airlines are expected to fly a record 231 million passengers this summer, the platform confirms the travelers’ identify by using biometric information such as fingerprints and iris images and moves them quickly through metal detectors and bag scans.

“Washington represents the intersection of public policy and business. We are thrilled to be able to serve our nation’s capital and be a part of this vibrant and important community,” CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman Becker, said in a statement. “Reagan National and Dulles International have always been priorities for us. We are confident that D.C.’s travelers are going to love the CLEAR experience and the predictability it brings to their very busy days.”

In just five minutes, CLEAR said passengers can complete the signup process by digitally authenticating their driver’s license or passport, confirming their identity and creating a biometric account.

According to CLEAR, its system has been recognized as a “qualified anti-terrorism technology” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and can also be found at 13 other major airports around the country including San Francisco, Austin and Baltimore-Washington.

“As part of our pledge to passengers, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is always looking for ways to improve customer service, convenience and innovation,” Margaret McKeough, the authority’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. “The expansion of CLEAR to Reagan National and Dulles International can help passengers move efficiently through security checkpoints using cutting-edge technology and personalized service.”

At Dulles International, MWAA said the new CLEAR kiosk can be found alongside the Pre-Check checkpoint in the center of the main terminal departures level. While at Reagan National, the CLEAR kiosks have been activated at gates 10 through 22 checkpoint and will soon make other checkpoints available.

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