The Clear program, which allowed members to breeze through airport security before it abruptly shut down last year, is expected to be up and running again by the fall. Clear grew out of the Transportation Security Administration's Registered Traveler program.
The company was taken over by Alclear LLC, whose board includes Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
When the program shut down in June, there was a lot of concern among members because of the sensitive personal data they volunteered in exchange for quick passage through security gates. Although the former owner, Verified Identity Pass, was private, Clear had to report personal information to the Transportation Security Administration.
The data is currently stored by a large unnamed security company. Former Clear customers will soon be sent a notice, asking if they want their personal data transferred to Alclear. If not, the data will be destroyed.
To join, passengers must be fingerprinted and have their irises scanned for positive identification, plus turn over information including Social Security numbers that the company shares with the TSA. In return, they get access to shorter security lines at about 20 airports across the country.
Alclear said in a statement that the subscription terms of nearly 160,000 previous members will be honored. Enrollment for new members will start this summer. It did not say how many airports will have the new version of the service. A Clear membership will cost $179 for unlimited use.