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Registered Traveler [RT] Program


As of 2007, there had been several vendors and airports participating in the Registered Traveler Program. According to the Transportation Security Administration Web site, the service providers that have met TSA's minimum criteria to offer RT services to sponsoring entities are:

  • Saflink Corporation
  • Unisys Corporation - rtGO
  • Verant Identification Systems, Inc. - FlyBy
  • Verified Identity Pass, and - FlyClear
  • Vigilant Solutions

Saflink Corporation planned to launch its first registered traveler program, Fast Lane Option (FLO), with Huntsville International Airport in Alabama in 2007. As of July 2007 it did not have any programs underway.

Unisys Corporation opened its first program in June 2007 called rtGO at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Since then, rtGO had been implemented in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG), Indianapolis (IND), New York John F. Kennedy (JFK), Orlando (MCO), and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose (SJC). At the time, rtGO smart cards were only accepted at limited terminals in each airport. Participants in the program bypass the usual lines during the check-in process and proceed to a biometric check-point. Participants submit to either a fingerprint scan or iris scan that will match up to the information already in place on their biometric rtGO smart card. After the participant's identity has been confirmed, they proceed through the metal detectors and x-ray machines as required of all passengers.

FlyBy was the program developed by Verant Identification Systems, Inc. and was supported by Orlando (MCO), New York JFK Terminal 7, Indianapolis (IND), San Jose (SJC), and Cincinnati (CVG) as of 2007. Similar to other registered traveler programs, FlyBy required that its participants submit to a fingerprint and iris scan in addition to the usual security procedures. These scans match information already in place on the participant's biometric FlyBy smart card. Participants are subject to shorter lines in the FlyBy lanes and therefore experience shorter wait times going through security.

Verified Identity Pass launched a program called FlyClear which as of 2007 had been operating out of six airports, Cincinnati (CVG), Indianapolis (IND), New York JFK (JFK), Orlando (MCO), Reno-Tahoe (RNO) and San Josť (SJC). Five additional airports were in the process of acquiring the FlyClear system. These were Albany (ALB), Little Rock (LIT), Newark (EWR), Westchester (HPN), and Toronto Airport (YYZ). After undergoing a security threat assessment performed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), travelers are provided a smart ID card allowing them to speed through the security check area. The smart card includes a computer chip containing scans of the travelers' fingerprints and irises. The information stored on the card is matched to the traveler, who submits to a scan at the security gate. Orlando was one of the first airports to implement this program. The cost to participate is $80 per year. The cost is not reimbursable by the Government per GSA.

The program developed by Vigilant Solutions has been established in Jacksonville International Airport and was part of a larger program being run by Vigilant known as the Preferred Traveler Program. It was waiting on approval by the TSA before it could expand to additional airports. The Preferred Traveler Program offers three packages, the silver package is the Registered Traveler Program. This included being expedited through security check-points using a biometric smart card and fingerprint/iris scans like other programs. Gold and Silver packages, which are considered Preferred Traveler, included amenities such as parking accommodations and a VIP lounge.

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