Last updated: 03:28 PM ET, Thu July 28 2016

Magic Of Iris, Fingerprint Scanners Coming To An Airport Near You

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | July 28, 2016

Magic Of Iris, Fingerprint Scanners Coming To An Airport Near You

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Seattle travelers will soon have some technology that should make the rest of us extremely jealous.

According to, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will soon have a couple of screening terminals that will work by scanning fingerprints and irises. The technology comes thanks to biometrics company Clear, which offers a simple, intutive and expedient way of doing things.

We have suddenly entered an era wherein sci-fi fantasy has become beautiful reality. Now if we can just get “Star Trek” replicators working on airplanes we’d be all set.

As the following video illustrates, travelers head directly to a terminal wherein they scan a boarding pass and offer a scan via fingerprint. From there, the traveler moves on to the necessary physical screening checkpoint and then are off and onto their gate.

EDIT: Thursday, July 28 at 3:28 p.m. ET

Editied to reflect the actual flow through TSA checkpoints. Clear automates the the TSA review process of your boarding pass and ID.


This expedited and innovative way to check your information will cost you handsomely.

According to the report, a year for Clear passage will run $179 with an additional $50 if you want to sign up various family members. The good news is you can try out its efficacy with a one-month trial and family members under 18 get the service for free.

GeekWire spoke with Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of Clear, who explained, “It ensures that you are you, and it does it in consumer-centric way...It is cheaper and easier to scale technology than it is people.”

Now some of you may be used to seeing such terminals. The innovation already peppers the nation in 15 airports, including at San Francisco International, Dallas-Fort Worth, Baltimore and Washington D.C. – specifically at Dulles and Reagan, via GeekWire.

The promise of the technology is on the rise as it will soon get installations at 24 more airports by year’s end. Besides Sea-Tac, Detroit-Metropolitan is listed as also coming soon by Clear.

More information and a sign-up process can be found at Clear’s website.  Once you sign up the process continues with an in-person registration at any installations at the cities listed on Clear’s website. Clear also represents a neat amenity for corporate travelers. You can get a quote for your respective business as well, giving your road warriors an alternative to the usual stress of checking into security.

READ MORE: Video Shows Man Walk Easily Past TSA Checkpoint At DFW

Back in 2015, CNN Money quoted Nicholas Mirante, a business development manager at BrightStar Care who traveled over 130,000 miles a year at the time. He gave a glowing review: “It's better by leaps and bounds. I don't know what I was doing without it.”

We are all looking for a way around the usual tedium and anguish of long lines. If you have the means and the will, Clear is an alternative that is becoming far more feasible to those in major cities around the nation.


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