Last Minute Father’s Day Gift: CLEAR for the airport jockey
No need to read any further. CLEAR ceased operations on June 22. I would be upset about having spent hard earned money on something I gifted my husband yesterday, the day before operations ceased. But, alas, I am sadder about seeing people lose jobs. Good luck to you, CLEAR people.
Yesterday as I waited to get through airport security I realized there was a completely empty line that was beckoning. It was a Clear lane; it’s like a VIP lane that you can use to zip through airport security. And, as I waited and waited in my packed line I leaned over and picked up a brochure for Clear and was struck with an aha! moment. This was the ideal Father’s Day gift for my husband, the man who has been flying almost non-stop for the past 3 weeks. He appreciates services over products and this is one service he would love to have, I am sure.
What does Clear do?
When you arrive at participating airports (list below; they are continuously adding them), you look for the Clear express lane at airport security. Once you have your identity verified using your iris or fingerprint, a concierge (even better!) will assist you in getting through security (i.e., getting to the front of the security line). You can even use the card at certain football stadiums.
Which airports accept the Clear card?
Albany, Atlanta, Boston (Terminal A), Cincinnati, Denver, Gulfport-Biloxi, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, JFK (Terminals 1,2,3,4, & 7), LaGuardia (Delta & Central Terminal B), Little Rock, Newark (Terminals B1 & B2), Oakland, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Washington Dulles, Washington Reagan National, Westchester.
You can buy a 1-year membership for $199, or try it out for 6 months at a reduced rate of $89. There is also a discounted family plan (though kids under 11 can go through with a Clear card-carrying adult).
And lastly, YES, they have set it up, so that you can gift the Clear card for Father’s Day (with a special offer), as well. And, it’s perfect because you can sign-up online!