Selling Security Clearance

Orlando's airport rolls out a privately run prescreening security program

Frustrated with unpredictably slow lines at the airport? In the hopes of speeding things up, more than 1,000 travelers at Orlando International Airport signed up within 24 hours of last week's rollout of Clear Card, the first privately run prescreening security program. Customers who pay a $79.95 annual fee and submit to fingerprint and iris scanning--plus a background check by the Department of Homeland Security--can be ushered through a dedicated fast lane at airport security checkpoints, exempt from secondary searches. Verified Identity Pass Inc. is trying to reassure civil libertarians, who are concerned that the system could be used to spy...

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