PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – Palm Springs International Airport announced an
option today designed to ease airport lines as thousands of festival-goers
flock to the Coachella Valley for the Coachella Music & Art Festival.
The CLEAR Expedited Security Lane was added to the airport’s
Transportation Security Administration checkpoint on Thursday, allowing members
to verify their identity with their eyes, eliminating the need to produce
identification. After the eye-verification, members will be escorted by a CLEAR
ambassador through a dedicated lane to the TSA checkpoint.
Interim Executive Director of Aviation Harry Barrett acknowledged that
tourist season is on the horizon, coinciding with Coachella’s music
festivals. ”While the growth has added more travel options for our community,
we’ve also had to get to work to improve our facilities due to the increased
passenger demand,” he said.
Barrett also said that airport officials plan to make more
improvements over the summer such as replacing carpeting and adding common-use
technology systems at all gates. Improvements scheduled for fall include
installing new restrooms renovating and renovating existing ones.
“Our facility wasn’t designed to handle the level of passengers we
have today … so we’re working with our partners now to make improvements
where we can ahead of next season,” Barrett said.
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