SFO Fast Pass nets 1,000 enrollees in 30 hours

It took just 30 hours for 1,000 flyers to sign up for the airport security fast pass service since the official opening of enrollment at San Francisco International Airport about a week ago, according to Clear program officials.

Verified Identity Pass's Clear program allows travelers flying out of SFO to head straight to the front of pesky security lines for an annual fee of $99.95.

Clear operates five enrollment stations in the Bay Area: two at SFO, two at San Jose Airport and one at the Hyatt Embarcadero, the company said.

The company has enrolled more than 59,000 travelers nationwide, providing members with a biometric identify card that allows passengers to access “registered traveler” lanes.

The program has been in service at several U.S. airports since 2005, but the enrollment pace at SFO “breaks all of our records,” according to Allison Beer, Clear senior vice president for corporate development.

“We knew there was a great deal of interest in the Bay Area, but this beats even our expectations,” Beer said.

To be issued the security fast pass, fliers must provide fingerprints and iris scans, Clear founder and CEO Steven Brill said.

Following approval by the federal Transportation Security Administration, members are issued an identity card that contains encrypted fingerprint and iris images.

Recently the program has opened enrollment stations in San Jose, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and airports in Albany, N.Y., Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Newark, N.J.

Verified Identity Pass started the Clear program in 2005 at Orlando International Airport in Florida. Clear has been swiftly adding enrollment centers at airports across the country.

To get a pass, candidates can start the process online at the Clear's Web site, http://www.flyclear.com. Next, they should bring two forms of government identification, including one with a photo, to a Clear enrollment center.

Clear's enrollment stations at SFO are located in Terminals 1 and 3 and are in operation from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. A kiosk at the International Terminal is scheduled to open this fall. Kiosks have also been set up at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on San Francisco's Embarcadero.

The fast pass privilege will serve departing SFO travelers beginning in September, Brill said.

— Bay City News

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