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Registered Traveler Co. Launches Boston Lanes, Ups Annual Fee

October 14, 2008 - 12:00 AM ET

In conjunction with Delta Air Lines, Clear today launched its Registered Traveler program at Boston Logan International Airport, the 21st airport to host its expedited security screening lanes. Meanwhile, Clear on Wednesday will begin charging members $199 for an annual membership, up from $128.

The program promises a faster pass through airport security for members who submit to a background check and pay the annual charge. Verified Identity Pass' Clear launched at a cost of $99.95, then in January upped annual memberships to $128 to include a $28 Transportation Security Administration vetting fee. Now, the annual cost to join is $199, though a Clear spokesperson said existing members "get a break" at $159 to renew. The company this week also plans to introduce a 10-year membership option for $1,200.

Delta in June became the only legacy carrier to sponsor Registered Traveler lanes through an agreement with Clear to launch the program at its terminals in New York's John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports and Los Angeles International Airport (BTNonline, June 16).

Prior to the agreement, the Clear program operated at major Delta hubs, including Cincinnati and Salt Lake City airports. This month, Clear launched lanes at Delta's largest hub in Atlanta. Low-cost competitors AirTran also and Frontier sponsor the program separately.

The Boston rollout is the latest expansion of programs that aim to speed travelers through security. TSA, for example, continues to expand its free self-select program, which gives travelers the option to choose lanes based on familiarity with checkpoint procedures. The program has expanded to more than 40 airports since launching in February, including several airports that offer Registered Traveler lanes. Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines in the past month have moved to expand programs that offer separate screening lines to elite frequent flyer members and holders of higher-yield tickets (BTNonline, Oct. 6).

A Delta spokesperson said the carrier continues to offer its Frequent Traveler Security Lines, a program similar to the newly launched American and Southwest offerings for premium flyers and high-status loyalty program members. The spokesperson said the Clear program gives "customers who do not already have access to the Frequent Traveler lanes an opportunity to speed through security faster."
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