Skip to main content

More proof it's the future: Now you can eyeball-scan your way past lines at MSP

It'll help you get through security faster, the service says.

Remember those sci-fi movies where people living in the future use thumbprints and eyeball scans to do all kinds of cool things quickly and easily, like paying for dinner and accessing top-secret government facilities?

The prequel to this technological revolution – which is known as "biometrics" – is now playing out with a new service at many of the nation's airports, including, as of Wednesday morning, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The airport has officially debuted Clear, which checks in travelers and gets them right through those dreaded security lines using biometrics – such as fingerprints and iris scans.

How does it work?

New York-based Clear says the initial sign-up process happens at the airport and takes just 5 minutes, with the help of a Clear "ambassador" who shows you how to use the company's check-in terminals. The firm promises that users can "speed through security lines" once they're checked in.

The video below gives you a pretty good idea of how the new system works:

Anyone at least 18 years of age can join, and the only documentation that's needed to enroll is a valid photo ID, like a driver's license or passport. Once you're signed up, Clear says, all it takes is a tap of a finger – or an iris scan – and you're on your way to security screening.

The Star Tribune says the Clear machines are at both checkpoints in MSP's Terminal 1. The paper also notes that MSP is the 22nd U.S. airport where the blue and white machines have popped up, and more are coming over the next six months.

So what's the catch?

For one, the service is not free. An annual Clear membership costs $179.

Compare that to the TSA PreCheck program, which also promises expedited security screening and costs just $85 for a five-year membership. As USA Today points out, however, "trusted travelers" enrolled in the TSA program still end up waiting in long lines "before they can even gain access to the expedited lanes."

And though Clear does allow members to skip certain lines, they still have to go through metal detectors and bag scanners, the Pioneer Press writes.

The company's biometric screening has also been rolled out in sports venues across the country. Here's more about where you can find Clear and how the system works.

Next Up

derek chauvin

$1.45M payout for correctional officers prevented from guarding Derek Chauvin

The officers were reportedly ordered to avoid Derek Chauvin while he was in jail.


Palm Springs residents: Divert the Mississippi to solve our drought problems

Should the southwest have some of the Mississippi River?

Image from iOS (10)

Minneapolis tries to spruce up street barriers with motivational messages

Police said the barriers will be in place through the beginning of the fall.


MnDOT debuts driverless shuttle in White Bear Lake

This is one of several self-driving pilot programs MnDOT is working on.


Farmer almanacs release their 2022-23 winter forecasts for MN

November is right around the corner and one of the almanacs figures it'll be a cold and snowy month.


Minneapolis Police Department seeks authorization to use drones

A public hearing on the matter could be held this month.

Screen Shot 2022-08-08 at 12.50.25 PM

Minnesota Harvest apple farm to open under new owners this month

New food and attractions are in store for this season's fall fun.

Pixabay - water surface

22-year-old man found dead in central Minnesota lake

The man was reported missing and later found dead in the water near the lakeside residence.


Seven kids charged over shoplifting at Cabela's, 100 mph police chase

The youths were pursued in a a stolen car and almost hit a squad car, police say.

Screen Shot 2022-08-08 at 7.50.05 PM

Missing: 17-year-old Waite Park boy last seen July 3

Police say there is no reason to believe he's in danger.


Check your own bag at MSP this summer – by letting them scan your face

Delta will test technology that compares your passport photo to your face as you check your own bag.

Scan your fingerprint to get on your Delta flight

Delta is doing a test run at one airport, and hopes to expand in the future.

Survey: MSP airport has the best staff service in North America

MSP International is getting a lot of awards lately.

New kiosks will help you get through airport security faster – for a price

Instead of waiting in line to get your ID checked, it scans your fingerprint and iris.

Flying this month? MSP is going to be really busy, so get there early

TSA will be screening about 10,000 more people per day than average.

You can now download audiobooks... for your dog

Company says it's inspired by research.

Delta frequent fliers can now get air miles by taking a Lyft

You can earn air miles without leaving the ground thanks to Delta's new link-up.