Verified Identity Pass, Inc., which operated private airport security express lanes in 18 airports under the Clear brand name, has ceased operations effective June 22, 2009.
According to Verified Identity’s Web site, the company was unable to negotiate an agreement with its senior creditor and could not continue operating. No details regarding what concessions, if any, may be made to Clear participants who paid up to US$200 per year to participate in the Clear program.
In addition, no details regarding Verified Identity’s plan to protect participants’ personal information have been announced. Verified Identity Pass’ announcement can be found at www.flyclear.com. Following is what is posted on their Web site.
Clear Lanes Are No Longer Available.
At 11:00 pm PST on June 22, 2009, Clear will cease operations. Clear’s parent company, Verified Identity Pass, Inc., has been unable to negotiate an agreement with its senior creditor to continue operations.
What will happen to my personal information?
Applicant and member data is currently secured in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s Security, Privacy, and Compliance Standards. Verified Identity Pass, Inc. will continue to secure such information and will take appropriate steps to delete the information.
Will I receive a refund for membership in Clear?
At the present time, because of its financial condition, Verified Identity Pass, Inc. cannot issue refunds.