A company that allows travelers to move more quickly through airport security will expand its service at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner to all carriers when the airport's new $1.3 billion terminal opens in May.
Clear, which uses biometric identification and already is in operation at 27 major U.S. airports, became available Wednesday at Concourse D for Delta Air Lines, Air Canada and United Airlines flights.
The paid service will expand to all airlines when the New Orleans airport's security screening process is consolidated at one location in the new terminal.
Travelers register with the company and pay a monthly fee to identify themselves using eye or fingerprint scanners at automated kiosks, instead of the line where Transportation Security Administration agents manually check identification cards.
Clear members are then allowed to move to the front of the physical security screening lines.
By any measure, the Louis Armstrong International Airport project in New Orleans is massive.
Clear said it plans to expand the fingerprint scan to include checking bags, verifying boarding passes and boarding flights.
The service costs $15 per month, with the option to add a family member for $50 a year. Members can bring children under 18 through the Clear lane for free. The company encrypts member data and said it will not sell the information it collects.
The company said the use of its technology will add 40 new jobs at the airport.
Kevin Dolliole, the director of aviation at Armstrong, said the new service "will allow their members to have a more seamless experience when processing through security, and we look forward to continuing this partnership when the new (terminal) opens in May of next year.”
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