March 23, 2008
Dulles International and Reagan National airports near Washington, D.C., yesterday became the 15th and 16th airports in the country to begin offering the Registered Traveler service to speed prescreened travelers through security checkpoints.
Registered Traveler is a program sponsored by the Homeland Security Department, airports and several vendors. Enrollees in the program pay an annual fee of $100, undergo a $28 federal security screening and receive a biometric identification card. When traveling at participating airports, they can use special lanes with a promise of faster service.
The two Washington airports officially opened lanes operated by Clear, which is a program of Verified Identity Pass Inc. The company said it has signed up more than 118,000 Registered Traveler enrollees nationwide since the program began operating in 2005.
Verified Identity Pass operates Registered Traveler lanes at the Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis and San Francisco airports, as well as New York’s LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports. Enrollees in the Clear program also may use their ID cards at other Registered Traveler airports in which the lanes are operated by Unisys Corp. and other vendors.
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