I got an interesting email today. The CLEAR program, which I 've seen being hawked at airports around the country, and claims to be the fastest way to get you thru long security lines at airports, sports stadiums, and other venues, is GIVING AWAY A FREE 2-MONTH TRIAL!!
Since "free" is my favorite 4-letter word, and based on the precept that I plan on doing a lot more flying this year, I bit and signed up...partially. That's all you can do online. You give your name, date of birth, email address, and yes, credit/debit card number (which they won't post anything on for 60 days) Then you have to go to one of the 45 locations among 31 cities. The large majority of sites are at airports, but, interestingly, they also include New York's Yankee Stadium and Citi Field and Coors Field in Denver, the new locale for the MLB All-Star Game in July.
When you get there, (and you DON'T need an appointment) they check your ID, which at this point SHOULD BE the federally-mandated "REAL ID" ad they take your fingerprints and iris impression.
Yes, I said iris, as in your eyes. Back in the 90's, that was how Captain Kirk was cleared to board the new Enterprise in Star Trek movies, but the technology has trickled down now. According to CLEAR, "These distinct characteristics are the most accurate forms of ID. We transform your biometrics into an encrypted code. The pattern of ones and zeros is unique to you, and only you. That’s how we prove you are you, and keep you moving."
Don't think the CDC or Homeland Security have glazed over this company, either. DHS has already given the operation their blessing, and soon, you will be able to post your Covid vaccination records in the system so you have a digitized "vaccination passport" of sorts. THAT'S NOT an official name, I just like using that phrase, since I got my 1st Pfizer shot this week!
OK, Now comes the reality check. On day 60, (Probably during the early morning hours before you wake up...that's USUALLY when these things hit) you'll get charged for a FULL YEAR subscription at the rate of $179.00. If you fly enough, (or attend enough games in certain cities and don't see yourself as being very patient,) it could be worth it as a time saver. They are also offering family plans, where you can add 3 adult family members for $50.00/each, and all kids under 18 are FREE. Not a bad deal for families headed to Disney.
The free trial didn't display an end date, but the link, if you're interested, is:
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