Clear Fast Track Airport Security Is No More

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Allowing people to quickly hop through airport security with a TSA-verified biometric "fast passes," Clear had great idea on their hands. Sadly, as of yesterday, their freeflowing security lanes will be closed.


So what was it? Did tightened government regulations make operating impossible? Was there some kind of security breach? An issue with the TSA granting a virtual monopoly to a private fast track service? Nope! It was something simpler, and more timely. Cue their goodbye email:

Clear to Cease Operations

Dear xxxx xxxx,

At 11:00 p.m. PST today, Clear will cease operations. Clear's parent company, Verified Identity Pass, Inc. has been unable to negotiate an agreement with its senior creditor to continue operations.

After today, Clear lanes will be unavailable.

Clear Customer Support

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Apparently not enough people were willing to spring for the service, which could cost as much as $199. Looking at the numbers, though, it's clear obvious that Clear never really took off, spreading to just 20 airports and garnering about 150,000 subscribers.

The company hasn't yet announced how they plan to deal with those subscribers—an impatient bunch, I'm guessing—but as far as getting any kind of service refund, this sparingly worded announcement doesn't bode well. [ClearThanks, Tom and David]



I travel a lot and I tried Clear for one year. Aside from the $200, there was a six week waiting period while they did a background check to get you in the system. At the few airports they actually had presence in, it worked fairly well. You essentially got to the head of the line, and walked through their own security lane. The security check wasn't bypassed, just the hassle leading up to it.

It saved me some time in Orlando, and a few other places but I left the program (stopped renewing) when it became apparent that the number of airports they were in wasn't growing quickly enough to be useful frequently enough to bother with.