CLEAR voices strong support for TSA’s risk-based screening pilot
July 14, 2011, New York – CLEAR, the largest provider of secure, biometric identity verification for airport security in the U.S., today applauded Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole's announcement regarding upcoming pilot programs for risk-based passenger screening.
July 14, 2011 By Globe Newswire
July 14, 2011, New York – CLEAR, the largest
provider of secure, biometric identity verification for airport
security in the U.S., today applauded Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Administrator John Pistole's announcement regarding upcoming pilot
programs for risk-based passenger screening.
"We strongly support TSA's vision to focus more on identifying bad
people, not just finding bad objects," said J. Bennet Waters, President
of CLEAR and a former senior official at TSA and the Department of
CLEAR has biometrically verified more than 225,000 passengers at Denver
International Airport and Orlando International Airport since November
2010. Negotiations are underway for additional CLEARlanes in other
Category X airports across the country.
"The combination of government information and commercially available
data provides a very powerful opportunity to assess a traveler's risk
to aviation security," Waters said. "The challenge is in how to use
both sets of data simultaneously without impacting travelers' privacy
or requiring people to participate. CLEAR addresses this challenge.
"As Administrator Pistole moves forward with his vision for risk-based
screening, I am more confident than ever about the need for
private-public partnerships to develop innovative ways of combining
commercial data with biometric technology to improve the speed and
accuracy with which travelers are positively identified."
CLEAR is the nation's only biometric solution for airport security that
uses cutting edge technology and commercial data, both to authenticate
and verify a traveler's identity and validate that identity at each
interaction. CLEAR is a voluntary program and offers an encrypted
solution for identity verification.
Waters added, "We are committed to robust identity verification and
look forward to continuing to work with TSA, airports and airlines in
support of Administrator Pistole's vision for identity-driven, risk