The Clear Card: Trade Privacy for Convenience

When I’m standing in those long airport security lines, I often find myself thinking about how incredibly safe I feel thanks to the Patriot Act and the diligent, thoughtful work of the TSA. But, I also think, gosh darn these lines are long. I wish there was a way I could show my trust in the government, my faith in the Patriot Act and the TSA, and find a more convenient way to travel. Hell, I’d *pay money* and give up a few freedoms just to not wait in long lines. Well, now I can!
It’s FlyClear’s Clear Card (first spotted here) which is a biometric card that is getting its own express line in airports all over the US. Enroll in FlyClear’s program for $99 USD, then submit to a “Security Threat Assessment” — an extensive background check through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including registering biometric information such as iris scans and multiple finger prints, among other ways to make you a completely trackable, docile animal. But don’t fret, this information is *safe* with the TSA, who will keep you “in the clear” by conducting “continuous security reviews of Clear members”.
You are not creeped out enough. Go read Tim Ferriss’ blog post about becoming “Clear” (via) and why he thinks it’s a good idea.

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