“Clear” (also known as “Verified Identity Pass, Inc.) was the leading company in the Transportation Security Administration’s Registered Traveler program, which offered dedicated security lines for travelers who paid an annual fee, passed a background check and submitted biometric data such as iris scans and fingerprints. Clear announced in June that it had gone out of business. A judge later ordered the company not to sell the biometric data it collected from its more than 250,000 customers. In April, Clear’s assets were sold to AlClear for $6 million in a bankruptcy proceeding.
Now, USA Today reports that Clear will get a second life.
Two companies — a reincarnation of Clear and iQueue, partly backed by Flo Corp. of Chantilly, Va. — are set to launch later this year. They say they’re more viable this time because they have more reliable investors. […]
Here’s a glimpse of Clear and iQueue’s plans:
• Clear. The former market leader is returning under the same banner, starting at Denver in the fall. It will charge $179 a year.
When Clear’s former parent, Verified Identity Pass, declared bankruptcy last year, its assets were turned over to creditor Morgan Stanley. The bank auctioned the assets, including customers’ data. Investment firm Algood Holdings won the bid and formed a new company, Alclear, to run the operation. Alclear chose to keep the Clear brand, says Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of Alclear.
In the next few weeks, Clear will send an e-mail to former customers asking if they want to join. If customers don’t respond with a request for their data to be erased, their information will be kept.
Initially, Clear will have a dedicated line at Denver’s three security checkpoints, says Patrick Heck of Denver International.
• IQueue. Flo and Pasadena, Calif.-based Cogent Systems are bringing back Flo’s concept, rebranded as iQueue, in the “the next 30 days” at Indianapolis International, Argenbright says.
IQueue will have a dedicated line at each of the two checkpoints in Indianapolis, where it has signed 1,500 customers. They’ll pay $149, but iQueue may raise its prices in the future, he says.
For its second attempt, Flo is partnering with Cogent Systems, which performs fingerprinting and biometrics testing for clients. It will use its existing sites nationwide to enroll iQueue customers. Aviation technology company Arinc and International RAM, an airport staffing firm, are other partners.
IQueue will keep the information of its customers 90 days if they don’t respond to the company’s e-mail offer to rejoin, and eventually delete them, says Fred Fischer of Flo.