Logan Airport Adopts New Biometric Identification System Today
Boston, MA– Biometrics company Clear is debuting their new biometric identification system today in Terminal A of Boston’s Logan International Airport. Clear uses fingerprint and iris scanning machines to confirm enrolled passengers' identities, with the aim of speeding up the airport security process and allowing frequent flyers to skip the long lines altogether.
Today’s launch marked the 29th airport and the 47th location to implement Clear’s technology. Boston may not have been first in line to adopt this security program, but they won't be the last either. Clear has been using biometrics to screen people for years now at airports around the country.
This particular program was created for airplane passengers to get through the hectic security lines faster, but that’s not the only benefit, says Clear. They promise their customers that they will keep their data safe, private, and secure. What’s more, enrollment is quick and easy. The annual subscription cost for the service is $179.
If you’re not a frequent flyer, Clear’s annual charge may not be practical for you; however, it could save a ton of time at the airport for those who fly a lot.
Assuming the system is a success at Logan International, the city may start to think about implementing it in other venues. Boston sporting events could be next. The Boston Globe reported on a statement by Ken Cornick, president and co-founder of Clear, saying that Clear's biometrics system could be implemented at sports venues in Boston. "Cornick would not divulge specifics, but said he has had a number of discussions with Boston teams. Adding Clear would give fans an opportunity to skip lines getting into games. Cornick said that eventually the technology could be expanded to allow people to buy concessions with a fingerprint.”
This information has raised some concern among Boston residents. On Reddit, some users questioned the company's privacy policies, observing that a partnership with Delta seemed like they would be have to be sharing their users' information.
I guess it’s safe to say that Clear’s secure system may bring worry and a bit of panic to Boston, considering the risk of private information being shared. But Gina Bruzzichesi, Clear’s executive vice president of operations, aims to reassure potential subscribers, stating, "We don’t ever sell or share our data, and everything is encrypted." Sounds good, but we've been burned before.
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