Buying Into Biometrics: United Airlines’ CLEAR Path For Airport Security

 

Airports and efficiency may seem antithetical, but innovations implemented by several major airliners in the U.S. may be addressing this longstanding issue.

United Airlines recently announced an investment in CLEAR, a biometric screening company that eliminates the need for select customers to use a ticket or photo I.D. before security. While this may be a difficult concept to grasp for some travelers, millions of Americans are already familiar with the technology.

“People may not even realize they are using biometrics today. For example, if you have an iPhone and you’re using facial recognition or you’re using your thumb or finger as a way to access your phone, that’s biometrics,” Ken Jenkins, Owner and Founder of Ken Jenkins LLC, said.

CLEAR will debut at United hubs at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston and Newark Liberty International. It will expand to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago this fall.
The biometrics service will be offer increased security by matching faces and fingerprints with U.S. databases, but critics say this opens security concerns of its own.

“I would encourage anyone to do their due diligence around biometrics today. It’s a very accurate system, it does have its limitations, some of those limitations do fall into privacy or security aspect of that. So, I’d like to see more of a global standard before I do it,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins cited the potential risks of multiple vendors hosting personal data, which may be susceptible to cyberattacks and bad actors.

Everything is in testing mode presently according to Jenkins. The industry and passengers alike will continue to weigh privacy concerns.

Other CLEAR partners include Delta, Major League Baseball and Hertz.

For the latest news, videos, and podcasts in the Transportation Industry, be sure to subscribe to our industry publication.

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!

Twitter – @TransportMKSL
Facebook – facebook.com/marketscale
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/company/marketscale

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!

Image

Latest

Women's empowerment
Seizing the Narrative: The Transformative Impact of Storytelling on Women’s Empowerment
April 19, 2024

With gender equality becoming a significant global agenda, the narrative around women’s empowerment is more relevant than ever. Amid rising awareness and shifting societal norms, women are increasingly seeking avenues for self-expression and empowerment. A recent study by the Global Gender Gap Report highlights that while progress is being made, substantial efforts are still […]

Read More
V2G technology
Plug into the Future: Decoding V2G for Utility Applications
April 19, 2024

Brian Rudy from Verizon IoT and Melissa Chan of Fermata Energy explore the cutting-edge potential of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology at DISTRIBUTECH 2024. Their discussion highlights how this innovation transforms electric vehicles into dynamic energy storage units, capable of stabilizing the grid by storing and discharging power as needed. This technology represents a significant shift […]

Read More
zero trust architecture
Secure Grid Modernization with Zero Trust Architecture
April 19, 2024

Ray Bauer of Verizon Business engages with Del Rodriguez from Palo Alto Networks at DISTRIBUTECH 2024. Rodriguez shares insights into the significance of cybersecurity within the utility sector, particularly in light of increasing cyber threats and the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT). Bauer and Rodriguez discuss Palo Alto Networks’ initiatives to enhance […]

Read More
private wireless networks
Private Wireless Networks
April 19, 2024

Verizon host Wayne Weeks discusses the evolving utility industry with John Gaster, CEO of KSI Data Sciences at DISTRIBUTECH 2024. Together, they explore how KSI focuses on harnessing data from remote sensing devices to enhance the safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of utility operations. Gaster emphasizes the significant role of AI and machine learning in […]

Read More