CLEAR goes cardless in select airports

CLEAR LogoWhen traveling out of San Antonio last week, I had my CLEAR card in my hand as I approached the checkpoint.  To my surprised, the agent informed me that my card was not needed.  “We just do biometric security now”, he said.  I walked up to the kiosk, put my finger down on the scanner and I was good to go.  You can also do an iris scan.  The agent then walked me through the TSA checkpoint as normal.  That’s a nice improvement and it makes the process even faster.

I reached out to CLEAR for comments and here is what I found out.  Currently cardless service is available in the following airports:

  • Denver (DEN)
  • Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
  • Houston Hobby (HOU)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • San Antonio (SAT)

The goal is to bring cardless capability to all CLEAR airports.  The new CLEAR lines at Baltimore and Miami will be cardless when they open.

As CLEAR moves completely cardless, they will then phase out sending cards to its members.  This is good news for the new CLEAR members because it means you can start using the service as soon as you complete the enrollment at the kiosk.

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