CLEARed in Denver
The CLEAR registered traveler program has been in existence for a few years now. Later this month Denver International Airport will be the next airport to introduce CLEAR lanes. You can become a “registered traveler” for $128. $100 for the Registered Traveler Program, and $28 to the TSA. The Denver CLEAR lines will be located at the south security area, in the main terminal.
Opinion time… You won’t find me signing up for the registered traveler program. I can certainly understand the lure of business travelers wanting to shave 30 or 40 minutes off a Monday morning airport queue. Tempting as it would be, I’ll clumsily shuffle through the maze of flimsy ropes with my nose in a book before I’ll trade my time in exchange for my biometric data.
I don’t consider myself a privacy nut. I don’t live on a compound and squirrel away my money in a tin box. I use credit cards, have multiple bank accounts, and a blog with my name publicy displayed. The government can easily find me and collect whatever info they want – but I just don’t care to volunteer more.
Until the government catches on to my secret life as an international diamond thief, I just don’t feel they merit reason to keep my fingerprints and iris scan on file. Nor should a private company. Should domestic U.S. flights ever require this type of scrutiny you can meet me for lunch at my new loft in Vancouver. No wait make that Mérida – I’ll be staying at the beautiful Luz.
I like this description by a commenter on this blog:
“A program to create a database of biometric and background info, funded by the people themselves”
Has anyone become a registered traveler and use CLEAR frequently? Even though I’m completely against it for myself I’d love to hear stories of passengers who find it justifiable. I bite my toungue every time when I witness the TSA inconsistencies from airport to airport, so paying $128 for such nonsense to be “out of sight out of mind” would certainly be tempting…
If you are interested in giving your biometric information to a private company sanctioned by the TSA - the Registered Traveler Program has offices at the Denver Tech Center Hyatt and downtown at the Grand Hyatt. They’re open from 7am to 7pm.
An aside annoyance: WHY do writers and companies insist on calling Denver International Airport “DIA” when listing airport codes? The International Civil Aviation Organization’s code for Denver is DEN. The ONLY other name its ever had was “DVX,” which was it’s temporary assignment during construction, before Stapleton relinquished the DEN code. However the CLEAR website, just like this Time Magazine Article I rebutted, list Denver as “DIA.” DIA is nothing more than a local moniker used to abbreviate Denver International Airport. I am sending CLEAR an e-mail in hopes they’ll correct their website. (The website that I’ll probably never look at again.)
Rant time over. In other news Dex left ANOTHER two phone books at my doorstep last Saturday. This time the “compact size” Hey 33% less wasteful! Thanks Ken Clark.
And tomorrow I’ll have a review of the Asus EEE PC. This full functioning micro size computer is the ultimate travel tool. And it’s not much bigger than the Radio Shack “Mr. Professor” I had as a kid.