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.