ORLANDO, FL. - On Tuesday, June 21st, the first day of enrollment for the Registered Traveler Program at Orlando international Airport, more than 1,000 travelers applied for membership to the "CLEAR" program. Many enrollees informed attendants, at the enrollment station, they traveled to the airport just to enroll in the program that allows expedited access to the security screening process.
"We are pleased by the response of the public to the nations first ever private sector registered traveler program. This is an example of the cooperation between the Transportation Security Administration, Verified Identity Pass, Inc./Lockheed Martin team, which has been chosen to market and operate the program and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. The "CLEAR" program is in keeping with our goals to use innovative technology to improve customer service while enhancing safety. We expect the success of the program in Orlando to make it a model for other airports across the country," says C.W. "Bill" Jennings, Executive Director, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Enrollment in "CLEAR" in three simple steps:
First, apply online at home on your own computer or at one of four ClearSpace Enrollment Stations located at Orlando International Airport. www.flyclear.com
Second, stop by the airport enrollment station. Bring two pieces of government-issued identification. Have your biometrics collected. Pictures of your iris and fingerprints will be gathered along with other vital information. You will need approximately 15 minutes to complete this step of the process.
Third, get cleared. Once you complete Steps 1 and 2, your biographic information is sent to the US Governments Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for a security threat assessment. TSA will then approve you or not approve you for participation in the program. If approved, you will receive your CLEARcard in about two weeks.
"CLEAR" is a program operated by Verified Identity Pass, Inc. and is responsible for all customer service, marketing and branding as well as policies in areas such as privacy protection.
"If you could pick the ideal airport to start a 21st century program like this, it would be Orlando International. This program marks the beginning of a common sense innovation that could soon allow tens of thousands of travelers to move quickly and securely through the nations airports. Were grateful the TSA Registered Traveler team has worked so tirelessly with GOAA to make CLEAR a reality," says Steven Bill, Founder and CEO of Verified Identity Pass, Inc.
Successful applicants can begin using their "CLEAR" membership cards in mid July 2005.
Orlando International Airport is the busiest airport in Florida with over 31.1 million travelers in 2004. Orlando was recently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as the number one airport for customer service in North America and number two in the world behind only Hong Kong.
For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055 or Cindy Rosenthal, Verified Identity Pass, Inc. at (212) 332-6306.
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