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CLEAR skies ahead for Houston travelers just in time for holiday travel


CLEAR, the fastest, most reliable way through airport security, launched today in the 4th largest U.S. city

December 19, 2013

Houston, one of the fastest-growing technology centers in the in the world, welcomed CLEAR today during a press conference at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). CLEAR will speed Houston travelers through airport security in minutes at both Bush and William P. Hobby just in time for the holiday travel season.

CLEAR is now operational in nine major airports and has also integrated with PreCheck, a leading background screening firm, in all locations. CLEAR is growing fast and has already been used more than 1.4 million times, making business travelers more productive and saving members collectively over 36 million minutes. “We are thrilled to launch CLEAR’s biometric platform in Houston, bringing speed and reliability to the travel experience,” said CLEAR Chairman and CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker.

“On behalf of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, I’m proud to welcome CLEAR to Houston,” said Houston City Councilmember Jerry Davis. “Houston is the 4th largest U.S. city and a technology leader. Use of technology to aid busy Houston travelers through airport security helps to maximize time and the economic impact of travel.”

“George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport serve more than 50 million passengers on an annual basis and that number is expected to grow even larger once international flight service is expanded to Hobby Airport,” says Lance Lyttle, Chief Operating Officer for the Houston Airport System. “With this volume, it’s important that we expedite the travel experience wherever possible and CLEAR represents yet another option for our passengers.”

CLEAR’s innovative technology is transforming travel for individuals and corporations while enhancing homeland security and modernizing the checkpoint experience. Locally, CLEAR will provide annual revenue to airports and create job opportunities, with no cost to local government, airports or taxpayers. “CLEAR brings tremendous value to Houston by allowing domestic and international visitors to move more smoothly through our airports. Faster security checks mean less hassle and happier travelers, and that translates to a better Houston experience,” says Greg Ortale, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The Houston region is an undisputed global leader in international business, with ties reaching all over the globe and passage through Houston’s airports with CLEAR will now be seamless for business travelers like me,” said NextStep Solutions Founder and CEO Jack Warkenthien, member of the Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Several of Houston’s transportation stakeholders were present for the grand opening of CLEARLanes at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

About CLEAR
CLEAR is the fastest, most reliable way through airport security--using biometric technology to identify members and speed them through airport security in under 5 minutes. CLEAR’s secure technology platform delivers certainty of speed and the highest level of service to members at the airport, while also enhancing airport security. CLEAR has a growing base of over 265,000 members nationwide and has already been used over 1.4 Million times.

CLEAR operates at the international airports of Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, Orlando, Denver, and the New York’s Westchester County Airport. Certified by the Department of Homeland Security as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology, CLEAR transforms the travel experience by allowing members to use their biometrics (fingerprint or iris) to speed through security at major US airports. CLEAR membership is only $179 a year for unlimited use. Members can add their spouse or partner for an additional $50, and children under 18 always fly free through the CLEARLane. Military and corporate discounts are also available. For more details and to enroll, visit www.clearme.com.

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