Delta Launches Biometric Check-in at all Domestic Sky Club Locations

Delta biometric check-in

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Earlier today, Delta announced that starting this week, members of their Sky Club lounges with CLEAR service can use their fingerprints to enter all 50 U.S. Delta Sky Club locations. This will make Delta the only U.S. based global airline to offer a biometric check-in option across its domestic lounge network.

Delta began piloting biometric boarding at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) back in July, and is also rolling out a biometric bag drop.

In order to take advantage of these biometric services, you will have to be a Delta SkyMiles member and also be a member of the CLEAR program to participate. CLEAR is $99 per year for SkyMiles members, and I highly recommend the program for frequent travelers.


Delta biometric check-in

Delta biometric fingerprint scanner


How it works

CLEAR will capture and use both biometric and SkyMiles information to identify customers at bag drop, Delta Sky Club entry, and boarding. Eligible Members can now use their fingerprints to enter the Delta Sky Club and board Delta aircraft at DCA. The biometric boarding pass experience remains optional.


Bottom Line

I’m a big fan of CLEAR and the partnership with Delta is offering quite a few benefits already. In the next few years, you won’t need a paper or mobile boarding pass, and I imagine everything will be biometric (bag drop, security, boarding). I would love to see Delta start offering CLEAR service as a benefit of holding their co-branded American Express credit cards, and I think they will at some point.


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