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jun 23 2009

Good riddance to Verified Identity Pass

The first company to offer pre-screening for air passengers, Verified Identity Pass, has closed up shop. Known by the names Clear and Registered Traveler, the service was designed to let people pay around $100 to $200—a year!—to skip security lines.

We never much liked the service. As we've said, before, "The government must find a way to make the lines shorter for everyone, not just people who pay more."

It also just seemed like a silly waste of money. Especially in light of today's recession, we could all think of better ways to spend as much as $200 a year than on shaving off a few minutes at airport security.

However, we do feel bad for the service's 250,000 members, who apparently won't get their money back.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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