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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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