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Passing through airport security faster with 'Clear'

Passing through airport security faster with 'Clear'


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Mary Richards reportingUtahns can now sign up at Salt Lake International for a way to get through security much faster.

The program is called Clear. Its members are pre-screened and are given a card, which allows them to go through the airport security fast lanes nationwide.

To enroll, you go to the Clear kiosk in Terminal 2 where your eyes and fingerprints are scanned. The government does a background check, then the info is embedded on the Clear pass, said Clear Rocky Mountain Area Senior Manager Dr. Kristine Sumner. She said, "Biometrics, [it's] the most secure form of identification that we can get from somebody."

To go through airport security fast lanes, you put in your pass and scan your fingerprint and eyes again. Sumner said so far, 500 people from Utah have paid the $128 fee to sign up. Sumner said, "A lot of our members say they would pay that fee for a one-time use just to clear security."

The Clear lanes will open here in Salt Lake next month, and they are already operating at 17 other airports.

For more information on the Clear program, go to the related link.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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