Speedier security program takes off

Speedy security lanes for preapproved travelers will be up and running at all working terminals at San Francisco International Airport, starting today, program officials announced Tuesday.

Officials with Verified Identity Pass, the company pushing the Clear registered-traveler program nationwide, announced in August that the much-anticipated FasTrak-style lanes would be available Sept. 6. They estimated then that the program, geared toward business travelers who fly anywhere between 20 and 40 times per year, would go live at the International Terminal at the end of this year.

Updated figures show that hundreds daily are passing through Clear lanes at SFO and a record number — more than 6,000 in 60 days — signed up to the program there, Clear spokeswoman Cindy Rosenthal said. In the first day of signups in August, an unprecedented 1,000 people signed up. After a month, 4,000 were signed up.

Clear lanes are now available at all security checkpoints in the airport, SFO spokesman Mike McCarron said.

Since the program has been under way at SFO, McCarron said there hasn’t been a significant drop in wait-times for security lines, which have been clocked at four minutes or less. With Clear, officials estimate security checkpoint times could drop as low as 30 seconds, Verified Identity Pass CEO Steven Brill said.

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