WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — Bradley International Airport is making it easier for flyers to move faster through airport security.
BDL is partnering with CLEAR, an airport membership program that allows flyers to use identity verification technology to check in, erasing the need for travelers to take out their licenses.
People who sign up for a membership will have the opportunity to verify themselves with their eyes or fingers at a CLEAR “pod.” Once travelers are verified, a CLEAR ambassador escorts them directly to TSA physical security.
“At Bradley International Airport, we are always looking for innovative approaches to the traveler journey,” said Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “With our focus on modernizing the whole travel experience, while maintaining the integrity of safety and security protocols, we are thrilled to introduce CLEAR’s biometric technology to our traveler base.”
CLEAR pods were made available at BDL on Tuesday, April 18. The launch is expected to create 23 jobs and generate roughly $1.2 million dollars in the local economy.
“CLEAR has officially landed in Connecticut and we’re excited to partner with BDL to make air travel easier, faster and more secure for Connecticut travelers,” said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker.
For frequent flyers like Fernella Allen, getting the membership was a clear choice.
“This will be a benefit, skipping those lines,” Allen said.
Allen told News 8 she’s waited for hours in lines at airports. This option keeps people moving, taking her two minutes to get to baggage screening, eliminating her airport anxiety.
“This will be a big relief, especially traveling with my grandchildren to be able to go through the line and get through a lot faster,” Allen said.
CLEAR Plus’ membership costs $16 monthly and customers are billed annually. Discounts are available for Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and American Express members. Members of the U.S. military, government officials and veterans will also be eligible for discounts.
Additional family members can be added to an existing CLEAR Plus account for just $60 per adult each year.