Skip to main content

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.

A faster way to get through airport security may be coming to the Twin Cities in the next few months – but it'll cost you.

Instead of waiting in line for a TSA agent to check your ID, you'll be able to verify your identity through your fingerprint and iris recognition at the kiosks in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Clear – the private security company that's behind the kiosks – says you'll get through the ID line in a matter of minutes, before joining other travelers for the screening process.

The video below shows how it'll work.

CLEAR B-Roll from CLEARme on Vimeo.

Airport officials are in the process of finalizing an agreement with the company to bring the service to MSP in the first quarter of 2017, airport spokesperson Patrick Hogan told GoMN.

The convenience comes with a price, though. An annual standard membership is $179, but if you're a Delta SkyMiles member it's cheaper or free, depending on your membership level.

That's more expensive than TSA Pre-check, which is $85 for a five-year membership and vows to get you through the security checkpoint (the ID check and physical screening) in an average of five minutes.

Clear is available at 15 airports, with plans to add the service to a few more "soon."

More automated systems coming

This isn't the only thing that'll speed up security at MSP.

The Metropolitan Airport Commission has earmarked $6 million to install automated security lanes at both security checkpoints in Terminal 1, Hogan told GoMN. The plan is to install the one at the south checkpoint this year and another at the north checkpoint next year.

These automated lanes were modeled after the lanes Delta tested at its hub in Atlanta, Hogan said. Essentially, they'll allow people to move through the line at their own pace – not based on how quickly the person in front of you is going.

You can read more about how the lanes work in this NPR News story, which says they're 30 percent more efficient.

MSP could get busier

These new ways to speed up the lines at MSP is good news for travelers who saw crazy long wait times at security checkpoints last year.

Especially because 2017 could be another busy year at the airport.

Last year 37.5 million people flew in and out of the airport (the second highest in airport history thanks to the addition of 20 new routes), a news release says. And airport officials say a few new routes for this year have already been announced, which could help boost passenger numbers.

Next Up

Brandon Gardas

St. Michael standoff suspect charged, bail set at $10 million

A judge on Monday set the high bail due to "very significant concerns of public safety" regarding Brandon Gardas.


Minnesota's premier trauma center housed at HCMC

The Minneapolis center is nationally recognized in pediatric trauma

Crisp & Green

Crisp & Green opening 13th store in Twin Cities in July

The fast-casual salad and grains restaurant has exploded onto the food scene.

FLickr - Target Field 2019 - mark grabe

Twins to host post-game concert with country star at Target Field

Country singer Cole Swindell is expected to perform for up to 75 minutes after the conclusion of the Blue Jays-Twins contest.


Canton Restaurant closes after nearly 40 years in Burnsville

It's the end of an era in the Twin Cities restaurant world.

Screen Shot 2022-06-27 at 12.47.20 PM

Luck strikes in Minnesota: lottery winners in Duluth, Grand Marais

The North Shore just so happened to be a lucky place to be this past weekend.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, June 27

BA.5 is expected to become the dominant subvariant in Minnesota.

police lights squad car

60-year-old woman arrested after firing shots inside Spicer home

SWAT evacuated nearby residents during the incident.

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line booked to play at the Minnesota State Fair

The band is the second country music act to be booked this year.


First case of monkeypox confirmed in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health says the risk to the public is "considered low" at this time.


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.

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.

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

MSP International is getting a lot of awards lately.

Going to MSP Airport this weekend? Watch out for this detour

It's happening overnight, but it could cause some delays – so be ready if you're dealing with an early flight.

Parking at MSP Airport is a little different

Parking areas at Terminal 1 are changing ahead of construction on a new ramp.

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.