$500,000 prize offered to speed airport security lines

A security company is willing to fork over $500,000 in prize money to the person or company that comes up with an innovative technology to speed airport security lines.

The company making the offer, Verified Identity Pass and its Clear service, says the winning technology must meet the following criteria:

* Achieves acceptance by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for deployment at Clear lanes as providing the same or better security than the current Registered Traveler checkpoint process.

* Reduces inconvenience by, for example, allowing for no divesting of shoes, outer garments, or any other item approved for carry-on aboard a US commercial flight, and thereby achieves an increase in throughput of 15% or more.

* Is compact enough to be deployed at security checkpoints in at least three Clear airports.

* Can be operated at a cost (including capital costs amortized over five years) of less than 25 cents per passenger screened when working at full capacity.

In addition to the $500,000 prize, Clear will commit to a contract for the capital investment and operating costs necessary to deploy the winning checkpoint at every Clear checkpoint where the solution is accepted for installation by the airport and the TSA, the company stated.

Clear offers its members pre-screening provides them with a swipe-card that lets them pass through designated airport security fast lanes at 13 US airports.

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