New screening program at ABIA promises 5 minutes or less – for a price

United Airlines line at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Daniel Guerrero/KXAN)

KXAN (AUSTIN) — A new expedited screening process is coming to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Starting next month, CLEAR will offer its services to travelers willing to pay for shorter wait times. The company says people using CLEAR at ABIA can expect a consistent wait time of 5 minutes or less.

“CLEAR offers our travelers an expedited screening process which enhances customer services,” said Jim Smith, the Executive Director of ABIA. “Providing our passengers with a secure and more enjoyable travel process is a priority.”

In a press release, former Longhorn Colt McCoy, an adviser for CLEAR and the quarterback for the Washington Redskins, says “CLEAR’s game-changing technology is right at home in Austin, a city has long embraced and valued true innovation. I’m confident travelers in Austin will quickly become CLEAR fans.”

The company is already operational in Dallas Fort-Worth, San Antonio and Houston, as well as 10 other airports around the country.

According to the company website, a membership is $179 per year.

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