United has entered into a partnership with CLEAR for expedited security screening. This is surprising because CLEAR is owned, in part, by Delta however United will be taking an equity stake as well.
CLEAR lets you skip the line to have your ID checked, scanning your finger prints instead. That’s especially nice when PreCheck lines are long, and I don’t find giving up my finger prints obtrusive since I did that for Global Entry anyway (and between storing all cell phone geolocation data, mining grocery store receipts, and traffic cameras tracking where you drive we’re well past having any privacy to start with).
Already at over two dozen airports, the program will expand to Houston Intercontinental, and Newark by end of summer and then to Chicago O’Hare in the fall.
United elites and co-brand credit card holders now receive the same discounted rates as similarly-situated Delta members. (Prices went up $20-$30 in April.)
|Elites and Cardholders||$109|
|Top Elites (1K, Diamond)||Free|
This partnership should get more people into CLEAR, and means CLEAR will be available in more places. However once CLEAR becomes saturated it will also become less useful.
TSA PreCheck, Philadelphia
American Airlines has chosen to block CLEAR from opening security lanes at all of the terminals they control suggesting that “the best way to speed up the screening process is to invest in new technology, like Computed Tomography, and focus on getting more passengers enrolled in TSA PreCheck.” Although of course it’s overcrowded PreCheck lanes that make CLEAR attractive in the first place.