May 6, 2010 at 9:00 AM | by JetSetCD |
Happy Hump Day. Are you ready for a shocker? The Clear card has returned. That’s right; the little membership card that gets you through airport security ahead of everyone else is back in business, but this time under new ownership.
Here’s a brief refresher on Clear: If you paid Clear an annual membership fee of $199 and passed their background checks with the government, you got a little card with a chip in it that contains your biometric data. This card allowed you to use special Clear lanes at certain domestic airports, bypassing long security lines. In June 2009, after signing up over 200,000 travelers, Clear went bankrupt and denied refunds to members.
Now the original Clear has been brought out of bankruptcy and restarted, and they pledge to honor the contracts of members…those who haven’t cut up their cards in frustration, at least. We had a Clear card once, and we found the company generally unorganized. Let’s hope that things have changed.
The new Clear has not begun accepting new members at an annual rate of $179 yet, nor have they re-installed any of their security lanes. It is very early still. They will not issue refunds to previous members.