Will you pay to be “Registered Traveler”?

@polachicago (19073)
United States
February 6, 2007 10:56pm CST
Navigating your way through airport security can be aggravating and time-consuming. But a new program may save time and eliminate some of the hassles, such as removing your shoes. The program is called Registered Traveler. It has been in development for the last several years and is now operational at five US airports. Pass a background check, pay a fee, and you get to go to the fast lane -- like an airport equivalent of an I-Pass. Here's how it works. You pay a $100 annual fee. You reveal some basics about yourself -- date of birth, Social Security and other data. You provide a picture of your left and right iris, and you give your fingerprints. I am not sure if I would do it.
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@shywolf (4519)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I wouldn't do it, but that is only because I do not travel that often. I can definitely see businessmen and other types who need to travel often for business or pleasure doing this, especially with the delays that are in place nowadays for security purposes.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I wouldn't for many reasons. It is too much to give away about personal information.
@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Same here. I'd do it for the sake of convenience if it was free, but I don't travel enough to pay for it. As far as privacy, they can already find out so much about me I can't imagine it would make a difference. The last time I applied for a credit card, they knew an address that I lived at 25 years ago...
@rjbass (1424)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Absolutely !!! I travel quite a bit for work and even though I have reached premier status on a few airlines, the security lines can be long and anoying. With this new registered traveler program, checking in and security would no longer be so time consuming and no longer warrant the 2 hours pre departure arrival to the airport. What I am waiting for is for the program to be rolled out to more major as well as secondary airports around the country as paying for something that has such limited availability is not worth it.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Feb 07
yes, it is still limited....
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
8 Feb 07
No, I don't travel that much. If I was a frequent flyer, maybe. Or if itw as a one time fee, but a $100 a year is way too much. I think the passport fee is too much, but I will go along with that because I like to get up to Canada but I will just stand in line.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
8 Feb 07
No, I don't travel that much. If I was a frequent flyer, maybe. Or if itw as a one time fee, but a $100 a year is way too much. I think the passport fee is too much, but I will go along with that because I like to get up to Canada but I will just stand in line.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
8 Feb 07
good choice...
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
8 Feb 07
naw I will go thru the line not giving pics of my irises some one might want to steal my eyeballs then oops
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
8 Feb 07
ha, ha...
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
7 Feb 07
I would only consider this if I were a frequent flyer, which I'm not. However, I guess there'll be plenty of business people interested in a quick passage through check ins.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Feb 07
You provide a picture of your left and right iris, and you give your fingerprints to private company. "Minority Report"?