A couple of times airport staff in SF/NY have tried to enroll me in CLEAR. I'm on a visa (O1), but I have a California ID card, so I should be eligible. That's at least what the staff has told me every time. CLEAR is useful for me, since I fly often and am not eligible for TSA Pre or Global Entry.
However, each time I've tried, the following thing happen after scanning my fingerprints and retinas: The registration machine starts asking me weird questions on the form "which of the following places have you ever lived" with a bunch of places I've never heard of. (I Googled them afterward, and they were all in the NY/Jersey area). And "which of the following phone numbers have you had in the past", and they were all (570) numbers, which is apparently Pennsylvania.
I have to keep answering "None of the above" and the CLEAR person eventually gets annoyed and says something like "we can't register you if you keep not answering the questions". I don't understand what's going on.
Does this happen to anyone else? Is this the machine being confused? Is it a sign somebody in the NY/Pennsylvania area is impersonating me? Or is it simply a sign that being on a visa is not enough, and CLEAR only works for permanent citizens?