Tuesday, June 23, 2009

When Good Ideas Go Broke


So much for making faster trips through security at the airport. I got this email tonight.

Clear to Cease Operations

At 11:00 p.m. PST today, 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.

After today, Clear lanes will be unavailable.

Sincerely,
Clear Customer Support

Verified Identity Pass
600 Third Avenue
10th Floor
New York, NY 10016


Over the last two years I've gotten to know the Clear folks at Indianapolis, and the service was a godsend in places like Denver and most recently Atlanta's airports. Pay an annual fee, give up some private information, a fingerprint and a retina scan, and get personally escorted to the head of the TSA line. Unfortunately, Clear has become another victim of the economy.

2 comments:

Nathan Brindle said...

Guess they weren't too big to fail.

drapetomaniac said...

Many security experts weren't impressed by the idea of Clear. Good marketed service, but...
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/01/clear_registere.html