Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Clear Card Challenge - Biometrics for Speed?

Mineta San Jose International Airport became the first airport on the West Coast to give flight passengers a speed card to bypass long security checks in airports. For about $100, you can pay for a clear card that holds information like your fingerprints and other information that will get you into the speed lane.

However, until advanced technology that doesn't force passengers to take off their shoes and belts become available, you may not be saving too much time. For now, applying for one will be like spending a day at the immigration office...except by the Transportation Security Administration. Hopefully by the time it gets up a little bit closer to home (Oakland and San Francisco), the technology will be up to date, even powerful enough to scan laptops inside a bag or process applications faster.

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