Cards to allow travelers to fly through security

first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. – Passengers at Mineta San Jose International Airport will soon be offered a high-tech express lane for security checks. The airport is slated to become the second in the nation to launch a so-called “Registered Traveler” program that offers airline passengers a prepaid, preapproved security pass – complete with fingerprint and eye scans. Enrolled passengers who pay a fee and get a background check will be able to bypass the airport’s general security checkpoint. Instead, as holders of a “Clear” card, they could head to the more exclusive security lane where their bags will be scanned, and a separate machine will check their fingerprints and eyes to verify their identity and preapproved security clearance. The program is already in use at the Orlando International Airport in Florida, with more than 10,000 members paying a $79.95 annual fee, said Rich Dressler, a spokesman for the San Jose airport. San Jose passengers will likely be charged a similar fee, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Other airports across the nation are expected to adopt the program as well, creating what the Transportation Security Administration hopes will be a fully interoperable network by June 2006. Registered travelers will be able to go in and out of participating U.S. airports using the same fast-track service. San Jose’s program is pending final TSA approval, expected within a few weeks, Dressler said. Enrollment in the program will then begin within 30 days, and the new security lanes will open within 90 days. “The program is consistent with our aim to offer cutting-edge innovations whenever we can,” said Bill Sherry, director of aviation for the San Jose airport. The Silicon Valley airport has 183 flights a day. It handled more than 11 million passengers and 240 million pounds of air cargo in 2004. last_img read more