A Business Travel Coalition (BTC) survey recently concluded that 82 percent of respondents want airlines to embrace Registered Traveler (RT) initiatives. These are fast-track security clearances that allow passengers to bypass the security checkpoint with less hassle.
Eighty percent of survey respondents say that they’re willing to pay for the privilege of faster security.
At this time, you can pay $99 for membership in a Registered Traveler program, but with this program does a passenger still has to take off his coat, shoes, and unpack his laptop. RT efforts aim to eliminate precisely these nuisances; however, they aren’t yet up and running. 38 percent of those responding to the BTC survey say they would be very interested in paying another $199 for membership in a program that goes beyond security processing, one that would give them reserved parking at the airport, remote baggage check-in at hotels, and global assistance.
But what the Registered Traveler program really means to accomplish is a continuity of convenience from airport to airport. It’s because of inconsistency among Transportation Security Administration checkpoints that passengers cannot plan their trips with any degree of exactitude.
Perhaps the most highly visible RT firm in the marketplace is Clear, which operates fast-track security lanes at seven airports, with more to come. Starting in Orlando a couple of years back, Clear now has some 52,000 members.