People enrolled in CLEAR have their own separate lane for identity verification where fingerprints and eye scans are done at a kiosk rather than with a TSA agent. After your identity is checked, then you go to security screening, bypassing everyone waiting in line.
If you are enrolled in TSA Precheck, you'll be taken directly to the PreCheck line. Children less than 18 can use CLEAR free when traveling with a paid member.
To use CLEAR you must first enroll online, then visit an airport location where your identity is verified and your bio-metrics recorded. You can do this quickly at a CLEAR location with no appointment, and your access card is then shipped to you within five days.
Keep in mind CLEAR is not a substitute for TSA PreCheck. You still have to go through regular security even if you have CLEAR unless you also are a PreCheck Member.
CLEAR works with any airline and PreCheck only works with participating ones. They do not work with budget airlines such as Frontier, Spirit, or Allegiant, or foreign carriers except Air Canada.
CLEAR membership is $179/year with an additional $50/ family member. Also the VISA Signature Program offers six months of free CLEAR and $60 off the $179 annual rate when you renew your membership. Delta Sky Miles membership reduces it to between $79 and $99/yr.
CLEAR is more expensive than PreCheck which is $85 for 5 years and it is only available at a limited number of airports. But it may become more available as other technology products have. In only a few years the technology to make this happened has matured.http://www.PetersonTravelPros.com