Oakland Airport Adds Pre-Screening Security Option

Simon Perez OAKLAND (CBS 5) ? Long lines await typical passengers at most bay area airports, at least during weekday mornings.

But passengers who've signed up with the Clear pre-screened security plan can cut to the front of the line.

"It takes our people zero to five minutes," said Steven Brill, Clear CEO.

Clear passengers pay about $100 a year and submit to a background check.

Then, when they get to the airport, they can insert their Clear card into a scanner and a fingerprint confirms who they are; and down the aisle they go.

Wait times at Bay Area airports can vary depending on the time of year.

Over the past month, on Monday mornings, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., Oakland's average security wait was between 9 and 15 minutes, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

SFO was faster, right around four minutes.

Mineta San Jose had an average wait of between 11.5 and 14.5 minutes.

Clear officials say the program is growing and add that about 122,000 thousand members nationally is nothing to be ashamed of.

"If you had asked that question when we opened in San Francisco in August, you would have asked me why there are only 55,000 or 60,000 members," Brill said

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