Fast Pass for Airport Checkpoints

ATLANTA (AP) _ A program that allows airline passengers pay to go through security gates more quickly will be tested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by the fall.

Airport General Manager Ben DeCosts says the airport will begin soliciting proposals from companies to test the registered traveler program in a few weeks.

The program allows travelers who pay about 100 dollars a year to move more quickly through airport security. It is mainly intended for business travelers and requires an extensive background check by the federal Transportation Security Administration as well as a card that contains fingerprint and other biometric data.

DeCosta says he is open to the idea of creating a designated lane for the program, but will wait until he sees all the proposals from companies before commenting on specifics. He says the program, which he hopes will shorten security lines by removing thousands
of passengers, will be evaluated after a year to determine if it should continue.

The company that runs a registered traveler program at nine airports across the country will propose a lane at Atlanta's airport with special shoe-scanning equipment that allows travelers to keep their shoes on. Steven Brill is chief executive officer of Verified Identity Pass. He says his company's CLEAR program also is testing equipment that will let passengers keep their coats on. He hopes to have the equipment in place by Labor Day.

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