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Flyclear Card Gets You Through Airport Security Faster

Would You Use FlyClear to Get Through Airport Security?

After a recent mini vacay, I was walking through the airport and caught an application for something called FlyClear — a "fast pass" aimed to get you through airport security quicker. With having just been through a few insane security lines of my own, the idea of a fast pass (that is totally tech savvy to boot) did pique my interest. We all know how annoying it is to be behind "that guy" who takes five minutes to find his laptop, ask if his digital camera is safe, and shuffle through his bag for his camcorder . . . all while you're racing the clock to make your flight!

It seems to be a simple process to get your FlyClear on: a completed application, and a visit to a FlyClear office to get your photo, fingerprints, and iris (yes, iris) scanned. Then at the airport, all you have to do is present your FlyClear card and boarding pass, scan your iris, and off you go, whizzing through security faster than all those other Joe's waiting in that long line. A little bit Total Recall, no? Plus, security agents will help you get all your gadgets into bins of their own to move you along even quicker. At $128 bucks for the first year, and limited usable locations, I'm not sure I fly enough to warrant a security pass, but it seems like a totally cool and geeky idea! Would you use it?

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chocolatepasta chocolatepasta 9 years
if I flew a lot I'd get one...but I don't. I have some family friends who do, though, so it'd be pretty useful for them.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I wanted to get one of these when they first came out, but I read many articles and reviews stating that it's not actually any faster than going through normal lines. There are only special lines for them in major metro airports, thus there are still just as many people in line.
TsuKata TsuKata 9 years
I'd rather see them fix the TSA for its stupid inane rules and stupid inane (and random) enforcement than allow things like this. Now granted, I fly enough that I might actually do it...but I think it creates an elitist class of flyers that are "immune" to government inspection. I also think it has to be easier for a potential terrorist to go through that process than through the normal one, so I don't understand why it'd even be permitted. What's more, it seems like a rip-off, as some others have mentioned.
orangeflowers orangeflowers 9 years
sounds like a good idea, but why shouldn't the luggage you carry also be scanned? What if someone puts something there?
toodledoo toodledoo 9 years
I don't travel enough to spend the money, but it's a nice idea.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
its all fun and cames until my political blogs are discovered and suddenly the CIA has a file on me and can track where i am at all times. haha. seriously, just show up at the airport early like they tell you to, check your bags instead of carryone, wear slide-ons, carry your gadgets in the same bag with your laptop in a sleeve and invest in a trendy jumbo sized purse/bag for everything else. oh, and leave the kids at home! it's flying made easy 101.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I don't fly often, but sure, if I did, I'd use it.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 9 years
maybe if i flew more often.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
We already have something like this in Hong Kong for border crossings and at the airport. And it's free for every HK citizen. Every time you go in or out, stick the card in the slot and press your thumb down for a few seconds. No retina scan, though.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
i dont fly often enough. besides i dont think security is that tight down here in australia
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this is terrible! another way that people with money are able to do things that people without money can't. pisses me off. >:(
a-geek a-geek 9 years
It's one of the biggest scams I've ever seen. You go through all of the same screening by the tsa even after paying money and giving up tons of personal information. The real answer is to fix the horribly broken TSA, but who knows when that'll happen.
wmnslibr wmnslibr 9 years
the whole idea of this is soooo elitist. Being able to pay your way through security and privatizing airport security which has thus far been a government agency (tsa)? I think this is crap.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I fly all the time for work...can I write it off?
fortunate-fool fortunate-fool 9 years
I'd do it if it was cheaper and more widely available.
clickmichelle clickmichelle 9 years
I thought about getting Clear since my home airport has the kiosk, but the airport I fly into most frequently does not have it. You don't really bypass anything but the bulk of the line. You still have to get through the binning of the laptop, the removal of the shoes, and the other unpleasant things. But I want a special card and retina scan! That part is irresistibly geeky.
kmwerts kmwerts 9 years
Indeed. If i had a job that required me to fly alot--like once a month--and if it was in the cities I frequent, I would totally be up for that. That's pretty geeky, but also awesome. You might feel a bit like a secret agent with the retina scan! . . . is a retina scan and an iris scan the same thing? I heard that irises are as unique as finger prints, but nothing about retinas . . . hmm.
natali3nguyen natali3nguyen 9 years
i would use it if i flew a lot, and if the price went down, and if it wasn't only at limited airports
anaisethenry anaisethenry 9 years
My boo has it and he says it's great.. although people stare at you as you go through the crazy machine... I think it's especially good if you travel for business :)
jasmint jasmint 9 years
It's a cool idea, but yeah, I usually don't fly more than a couple times a year, and I don't think it's worth it for that price.
krys786 krys786 9 years
Hmm..probably not unless this catches on and expands to many more places. It's a little expensive ($128) considering I don't fly more than 2 or three times a year...and it's not at any of the airports near my home! :(
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