ROMULUS (WWJ) – Metro Detroit Airport now has  a new way to allow people to move seamlessly through airport security.

It’s called CLEAR and it’s now in operation at the airport’s McNamara Terminal. Certified as a “qualified anti-terrorism technology” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CLEAR has been used more than five million times to move travelers quickly through airport security lines at 16 other airports.

“They validate their identity using a knowledge-based quiz, they use a government identification that’s validated using technology, and then we link it to their bio-metrics — we take 10 fingerprints with a digital reader, we take a scan of their iris, and we take a high-res photo of their face,” said CLEAR spokesperson David Cohen.

Cohen said the initial sign-up process takes about five minutes and after that, getting through security lines should be a breeze. He said there are special lines for CLEAR customers that can be a great time-saver for travelers, who will still have to pass through X-Rays and body scans.

“Our customers go through the TSA security process in minutes. They come to a CLEAR lane, that lane is going to be open and available for them to validate their identity on the spot, a process in itself that takes less than a second,” he said.

Membership to use CLEAR costs $179 per year. New members who enroll at the airport receive a one-month free trial and can use CLEAR immediately.

Airport officials they plan to install the CLEAR system at the North Terminal in the future.

Comments (106)
  1. bob says:

    wow talk about social control on a high level.. i thought they were just going to microchip everyone in mass camps.. i guess this is easier

    1. Chet Manley says:

      Way easier, and this way we pay them to do it. Where do I sign up?

    2. yet they allow people into this country pouring across our borders without vetting , give them money, medical care. housing , money for college .. amazing

      1. Rebecca Ball says:

        That’s what i was thinking…vetting citizens, but letting others in our borders with no problem. Something is not right with that.

      2. The_Mistaken_President says:

        Damn straight!
        This won’t stop terrorists.

    3. Terry says:

      In high school we were required to read Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Pedestrian’ – a short story about a man who turns off his TV to go for a walk. Seems pertinent here.

  2. founders1791 says:

    “Certified as a “qualified anti-terrorism technology” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security”

    No, what it really is is a wholesale destruction of our 4th Amendment “right of the people to be secure in their persons… against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated”

    1. Parallax3D says:

      No, it gets around the 4th by having people VOLUNTEER for it.

      1. Fred says:

        Yeah, voluntary, bend over or maybe have your trip ruined with mile-long lines, missed connections, lost baggage due to missed connections…. I’m driving my car for my trips.

        It’s time to drain the swamp, D.C. District of Criminals.

    2. Racklefratz says:

      C’mon, get with the program. There are agendas to be pursued; if amendment rights get trampled in the process, that’s just collateral damage. Jeez…some people.

  3. krusatyr says:

    Racist short cuts to deny blacks, aye. Why is voting ID verification less important? Cause democrats who cheat say so.

  4. Barry bin Inhalin says:

    Oh, it’s just enhanced security against terrorism? Nothing to see here, move along.

  5. Fred says:

    Why not do a cavity search, too? I’d sooner walk, and I’m just a rich white guy, not a 7th century wacko. In the meantime, the biggest criminal in ‘Merika is too-crooked-to-jail and is headed for the White House. She’ll have her own 747s. Something is seriously wrong.

  6. File that under Detroit, but that airport is Orlando

    1. wakesetter says:

      It Can’t be a miss leading video from the Press. Palm Trees come from Detroit, aka the Palm Tree Capital of the World.

  7. regulas says:

    It will eventually be a chip in your right hand or in your forehead. At first it will be voluntary, then….

    1. I don’t think so. What better identification marker for a hand than it’s fingerprints or for the head, it’s eyes?

  8. Jimmy not that jimmy says:

    No thanks

  9. Scott says:

    Dumb idea. So many of these terrorists aren’t wanted by the law until they commit their first (and often last) terrorist attack. Are you going to ask if they’re muslims? Otherwise hiw are you going to stop folks that haven’t appeared on the radar yet?

    1. Lewis Goudy says:

      Radical Islamists can probably already be detected–show them a clip of Jihadi John doing his thing and look at how and where their brains light up.

  10. matt says:

    Sheeple enter here. It’s for terrorism. To protect the children.

    Wow. Are there any boundaries? First the naked body scanners (that do not even work for their “intended” purpose). This is another gross violation of our liberties!

    Shame! We are paying attention!

  11. Jeremy Smith says:

    Not that many blacks or hispanics are going to sign up. Afraid of outstanding warrants.

  12. Ben says:

    Outrage on this is funny to me. I’m obsessed with personal privacy but, I still took advantage of this. To think that my fingerprints, high res pictures of my face, and most likely a high res image of my iris are not already in a database would be naive.

    If you have your concealed carry, TSA precheck, work as a teacher, have been arrested, the list goes on, than your finger prints are cataloged and in a database.

    If you use social media, go in public, use an ATM, etc.than your face has been recorded and is also in a database. A recent study showed that over 50% of all U.S. adults are cataloged in the governments facial recognition database.

    Regarding the IRIS scan, if you want to go down the rabbit hole, I have a feeling that our smartphones have been tackling this for some time.

    To me it’s pretty clear what this is. A further effort to collect money through the ever increasing pain in the a** that air travel is. First it was precheck, the gov creates the problem of long lines and hassles at the airport, and then comes in to save the day for weary travelers with precheck. Pay us and we’ll let you skip the mess we created. Now, they are letting a private company saddle up to the tit.

    Most of the time it’s about further intrusion to our lives, I think this time its just about money.

    1. Not A. RealName says:

      Your vitals are in a D.B. for sure, but trivial to hack in & replace your records with a T vitals…to breeze him through security.

  13. Ron Hyatt says:

    One EMP attack and this is all over. Snake Plissken was never meant to be an instruction manual, but maybe it’s time.

  14. Mongo says:

    Why can’t they use this to True the Vote? It would eliminate duplicate voting and kill off the voting dead. What a concept!

    1. WhatAreYouNuts? says:

      But… that makes too much sense! The DNC would block all efforts toward this and Soros would finance “protests” (riots) in opposition.

  15. redbarn says:

    No way…..this is exactly what the UN and globalists want.

  16. BobUSAFret says:

    Wow, certified by blank look Jeh Johnson and the DHS. Isn’t DHS the same gov agency who cannot or will not secure our southern border? I guess their certification is supposed to be reassuring.

  17. Jumanji says:

    You think this is bad but wait until the millennials get into their 40s. They have been brought up in an Orwellian age and think brainwashing and controlling people is the responsibility of government – and they will sacrifice any and all individual rights in support of this disgusting agenda. Hopefully the country will be in a full scale revolution before these dumb twits are able to plunge it any further into chaos.

  18. Neuro Mancer says:

    I’m guessing that in phase 2 they’ll require a barcode tattoo for easy scanning.

    The logical conclusion (phase 3) would then be ton construct the gas chambers.

    Those who give up freedom for security deserve neither.

    1. Joe says:

      It is going that way.
      But they do it carefully this time – step by step, gradually.

  19. Neal Maben says:

    It’s so sad, people have been dumbed down to the point where they will accept this sort of thing, in order to move along the line a little faster. I am so sick of this never-ending war on terrorism, which is costing us billions of dollars and our freedoms. We need to quit sticking our nose into other people’s business. Then maybe, there wouldn’t be so many terrorists to worry about. Besides we have plenty of problems to deal with here at home and need attention immediately. If the witch gets into office, we’ll have more. As an afterthought, I wonder how much each one of these damn machines is really costing us?

  20. DMC-12 says:

    Please don’t sign up for this. You’re paying these clowns $179/yr to create a giant biometric database of citizens that you cannot alter (Oh, someone is using your retinal print? Not like you can reset it like a typed in password). Plus the terms and conditions likely allow them to sell your data to other companies like the idiot TSA Pre-Check system.

    Just stand in line and be safe. There ain’t no free lunch. And this David Cohen jackball should be ashamed for working for this deceptive company.

  21. William Kelly says:

    Why is this news at this time? I have had a CLEAR card for almost ten years. The problem is , try to find an airport that has it. Big whoop. 16 cities. What’s the purpose of the article after all these years?

  22. Always Amicus says:

    Isn’t this racist? Why do we need IDs to fly?

  23. Joe says:

    Disband TSA.
    Get rid of totalitarian state.

  24. Paul Kersey says:

    I just love the cute upbeat background music as they are being butt raped. It’s so cool and convenient. Yay!

  25. daystrom62 says:

    Just get it over with and skip to the mark in the right hand or forehead.

    …And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16-17

    1. Garrett Solo says:

      The computer IS “The Beast”.
      Take the alphabet, apply the value of “6” to the letter “A” and then add “6” to each successive letter.
      Spell out c-o-m-p-u-t-e-r and assign the appropriate number value to each letter.
      Add those numbers up and you get a sum of :


  26. Trump in 2016 says:

    $179 a year for an American to leave the US?

    Why don’t we charge $179 and bio-metric scan all the illegals we let come in? Sort of offset the benefit package we give them: health care, schooling, food, college grants, housing subsidies, etc.

  27. Pod says:

    Wouldn’t it be faster, easier and far less costly to: focus airport screening attention on males of middle eastern descent between the ages of 16 and 35, who comprise less than 2% of the flying public

  28. Htos1 says:

    It’s time… to destroy the ashkenazi mafia, they only only want to genocide the whites.

  29. Lann Man says:

    So let’s see if I have this correct. I get to give my biometric information to a private company and pay them $179 per year, so that I can go through the airport with minimum hassle for an aircraft ride; is that correct? Are there any legal restrictions on CLEAR concerning who can get access to my information? You know what, on second thought I think that I will just take the train instead.

  30. bob onit says:

    Just another reason to stay away from an airport. no thanks

  31. Mike Smith says:

    Every person who signs up gets their very own “mark of the beast”. Absolutely FREE!

  32. vinkothebear says:

    Only works for American citizens. HRC as Secretary of State for sale has been payed by the Terrorists to be CLEAR

  33. Dave Gardner says:

    ANOTHER cash cow boondogle….. Welcome to Amerika V6.0

  34. That Guy says:

    “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    -Benjamin Franklin

  35. cleo48 says:

    Well good. Can we incorporate this system into the voting process? Of course not! Hey kid! …yer moustache just fell off!

  36. Hyon Kim says:

    Well if we listen to the Democrats, Clear is racist and against minorities. Having to show finger print biometrics, eye scans and photo ID. According to their logic this will suppress minorities from flying.

  37. If govern)ment can’t decide how to fix/update/replace/modernize ONE elevator in the Washington Monument, when they have a database with all my biometric information, what could possibly go wrong?

  38. TRW says:

    Imagine if you had to do this to vote. Dems would go *more* nuts.

  39. j j says:

    Ingsoc would SO love this……………………

  40. Ryan66743 says:

    Or, you could have a chip implanted in your hand free of charge.

  41. dogmatix says:

    I’m not sure what the benefit is here. You still have to go through the body scanner. The line may be a little shorter, but there’s no guarantee. The average traveler is better off signing up for precheck or global entry.

  42. williampenn says:

    Seriously, what’s the use when, every year, you’re allowing millions of illegals and hundreds of thousands of jihadi “refugees” into the country?

  43. DDearborn says:


    The State of NH had it right from day one:

    LIVE FREE OR DIE. It is impossible to live free if government has the power to control your movements by employing illegal searches period. Our country’s founding fathers were intimately aware of this and went to great lengths to ensure that the government never had that power. Our inalienable right to be free of such threats is enshrined in the first (right to peaceful assembly anywhere including airports) and fourth Amendment to our Constitution. Tragically it is now crystal clear that the government is no longer abiding by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Instead we the people face government tyranny at every turn. If Hillary gets elected, she will carry out her promise to take our guns which are the only real leverage we the people have left.

  44. jasonn13 says:

    That’s just great. Now we can exclude all those dangerous folks on the “No Fly List” like some of our congressmen and professional journalists. Sheesh.

  45. PatriotArmingBears says:

    Anyone voting for Hillary should expect more of this.

  46. Harry says:

    It’s everywhere, had surgery the other day and was warned by a friend who is an anesthesiologist at another hospital that some surgeons are interrogating their patients for personal preferences and habits while coming out of anesthesia when there is a chance that no one else or agreeable parties is/are around.

  47. So they finally found a way for the rich to buy their way out of the government inconveniences we all have to endure. About time. Now, you! Back in line!

  48. TDPhoenix says:

    CLEAR: Another government system designed and fielded (by the lowest bidder, no doubt) to make our lives better. This is EXACTLY the same thing they said about TSA PreCheck. Well if you haven’t noticed, TSA PreCheck lanes are only open during peak travel hours, not at 5:30 am or 10:30 pm when a lot of people are traveling for business. I got fed up with this and asked a TSA Checkpoint supervisor why the lines were not open early one morning. She explained that the non-staffing was due to her limited budget. I paid $85.00 for this “service” and out of 22 business flights, I’ve used it only 8 times. Hmmm… let’s see. There’s not enough funds to man the TSA PreCheck lines, but there’s plenty of money to develop and field a brand new high-tech ID verification system?!?!? Really??? Is CLEAR going to replace TSA PreCheck? Is it going to replace TSA period? Are they going to run the systems in tandum? What about funding then? There’s not enough money to run TSA PreCheck all the time now!!! I smell something foul here. Most likely someone’s Congressman needs a new summer home in a secluded, undisclosed location.

  49. Irgun Mitsuyan says:

    I’d call this “qualified anti-freedom technology”! If the TSA were truly functioning according to its mission statement, we would all be able to get on board the flight within minutes WITHOUT having to submit to all of these Big Brother biometric totalitarianism NAZI insults!

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