Since Delta is now all set up to allow Diamond Medallions for free and other elites for a discounted price to get CLEAR biometic security clearance I went ahead and signed up.
But you also have to go, in person, to one of the locations that can help you finish the process. This past week I was in Dallas DFW airport and they are one of the airports that has CLEAR lanes and the chance to finish the sign-up process (or sign-up from scratch if you want to).
Conveniently it is at Terminal E that also services Delta flights where you need to go to get the final steps done (specifically Entry E35 upstairs if you are taking a LYFT or UBER ride and being dropped off).
Once you enter simply turn left and pass the CLEAR security lanes and look for the kiosks on the outside wall. (Tip – you may want to ask for help from one of the CLEAR folks at the entrance to the CLEAR lanes as they are happy to help you get this done very quickly).
The process really is quite painless and fast. I presented my drivers license then went through a few on screen questions to confirm I was who I said I was and then had my fingers scanned, fingers first then both thumbs next, and lastly a photo of me was taken and my eyes were scanned. It was not invasive as you stand back from the machine until is can read your eyes.
The process only took about 10 minutes and I was instantly available to use the CLEAR lane should I have wanted to use it to enter the airport.
Shortly thereafter I also received confirmation via e-mail that my registration had been completed. But I choose NOT to try it out at DFW. Why?
CLEAR is not TSA PreCheck. That is, you can often race past the long lines of everyone else waiting to be screened but you still have to remove you laptop liquids etc. when using CLEAR if there is not also at the same check point a TSA PreCheck line. This can make this MUCH less valuable than it seems as a tool to more quickly enter the airport as you can see from one FlyerTalk member who happened to feel the same as me. Just a quicker line is not as great as TSA PreCheck so you still need that to have the best experience possible.
I do look forward to, with Delta pushing and leading the way, for CLEAR to expand. But unless it is a CLEAR and PreCheck combo line I doubt I will ever use this service on a regular basis and I sure would not pay for this service unless it is at an airport you regularly fly from.
Have you signed up for CLEAR yet? Are you finding it useful? – Rene