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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Clear Secure, the New York-based biometric identity company known for its airport security lines, filed for an IPO.

Why it matters: This reflects the post-pandemic travel boom, even if business travel isn't expected to fully recover for years.

Details: Clear plans to list on the NYSE (YOU) and reports a $9.3 million net loss on $231 million in revenue for 2020. Shareholders include T. Rowe Price, General Atlantic, Delta Air Lines and Durable Capital Partners.

The bottom line: This is the latest chapter in a very long comeback story for Clear, which was launched in the aughts and went bankrupt before its current owners bought the assets in 2010 for just $6 million.

Go deeper: Summer travel is forecast to be stressful

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Aug 30, 2021 - World

European Union recommends halting non-essential travel from the U.S.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: Valeria Mongelli/Hans Lucas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Council of the European Union voted on Monday to recommend reinstating a ban on non-essential travel from the United States due to its high rate of COVID-19 infections.

Why it matters: The decision, which is non-binding and will ultimately be up to individual member states to implement, comes after weeks of EU officials criticizing the Biden administration for not lifting U.S. restrictions on travel from Europe.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
3 hours ago - Science

All-civilian Inspiration4 is back on Earth after flight to space

A side-by-side of the Inspiration4 crew and a shot of their capsule on the way back to Earth. Photo: SpaceX

The all-civilian Inspiration4 crew is back on Earth after their three-day mission in orbit.

The big picture: The launch and landing of this fully amateur, private space crew marks a changing of the guard from spaceflight being a largely government-led venture to being under the purview of private companies.

28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

Passengers board a Qatar Airways aircraft bound to Qatar at the airport in Kabul on September 10, 2021. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.

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