Clear Launches at BHM Airport



Travelers can now breeze through airport security in The Magic City a touch of a finger or blink of an eye

NEW YORK, July 18, 2019 — CLEAR, the secure identity company using biometrics to build a frictionless and secure world, is now available at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), the 31st airport in the company’s nationwide network.  With CLEAR, members traveling through BHM can get through the security checkpoint quickly and easily so they can get to their flight faster or enjoy extra time in the terminal.

CLEAR is changing the way consumers experience the world by transforming the cards in their wallet into a single biometric ID.  With CLEAR, your fingertips, eyes and face are your ID, credit card, ticket, reservation and more.  Today, there are roughly 3.8 million CLEAR members enjoying secure, frictionless experiences at 60+ airports, stadiums and other locations nationwide.

“Today’s launch is an important step toward making travel stress disappear from The Magic City,” said Howard Kass, EVP, Corporate Affairs at CLEAR.  “We’re excited to open here in Birmingham and proud to have created 25 new jobs, which will enhance the BHM experience, and help support the local community as well.”

BHM has been welcoming travelers to The Magic City and serving as Central Alabama’s gateway to the sky for more than 80 years. Serving more than 2.9 million passengers in 2018, the airport has evolved into a catalyst for growth and economic development for the entire Birmingham region. With over 100 daily nonstop and direct flights to over 15 cities, passengers have great access to fly to domestic and international destinations with as little as one stop.

“Our goal at BHM is to provide passengers an easy and convenient travel experience,” said Ronald Mathieu, President and CEO at Birmingham Airport Authority. “We are happy to partner with CLEAR as we are committed to enhancing and elevating every customer’s experience at our airport.”

CLEAR membership is $15 per month, paid annually, with the option to add up to 3 additional family members for just $50 per year. Children under 18 can use the CLEAR Lane for free when accompanied by a CLEAR family member.  After a fast, one-time enrollment, members can begin using CLEAR immediately.


How is CLEAR different than TSA PreCheck?

CLEAR and TSA’s PreCheck program are complementary. CLEAR automates the identity check which provides speed and predictability while PreCheck provides convenience during the physical screening process (by allowing flyers to keep their shoes and coat on).

Do CLEAR members bypass security altogether?

No. At both the airport and sports stadiums, CLEAR members get faster access by moving to the front of physical security screening after biometric identification – including bag checks, magnetometers, etc. – but do not bypass security or TSA officers.


CLEAR is transforming the way millions of members live, work and travel.  Today, CLEAR is powering a frictionless security experience at 60+ U.S. airports, stadiums and other locations nationwide.  When you are you, instead of something in your pocket, life is more frictionless, more secure and more predictable. CLEAR’s secure identity platform complies with The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) rigorous guidelines for protecting sensitive data and is certified as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  After enrolling at any CLEAR location, members can begin using CLEAR Lanes immediately.  For more information on CLEAR, visit



Adam Grossberg, CLEAR

John Eddy
212-319-3451, ext. 648

Candace O’Neil, BHM