California lawmakers propose bill that would ban Clear from airports

Two California lawmakers have proposed bipartisan legislation that would ban Clear, a biometric travel document verification system, from airports across the state. 

State Sen. Josh Newman, a Democrat from Orange County and the sponsor of the legislation, said Clear effectively allows wealthy people to skip the line over those waiting to be screened by the Transportation Security Administration at U.S. airports.

“The least you can expect when you have to go through the security line at the airport is that you don’t suffer the indignity of somebody pushing you out of the way to let the rich person pass you,” Newman said. 

Republican state Sen. Janet Nguyen, also representing Orange County, co-sponsored the legislation for similar reasons. 

“I do understand the frustration stated in Sen. Newman’s bill,” Nguyen said. “It becomes a haves vs. have-nots where those who
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