The CLEAR program, which essentially fast lanes registered travelers through airport security, is expanding to airports across the nation. CLEAR costs about $100; and your background and biometric data. The pending implementation of CLEAR in Denver sparked some interesting comments between ::future gringo:: and I.

I think it??s amazing how willing people (especially in America) are to give up their personal freedoms, privacy, and rights to the government.

Nobody trusts the government with their tax dollars, but gives in to every asinine security screening; phone taps, and massive databases that contain records of anything imaginable.

James makes a good point in response.

I don??t think the concept of recognizing a ??regular traveler?? is a bad thing – if implemented logically. After all types like me point out the ridiculousness of patting down grannies and five year olds in the name of ??equal treatment.?? So perhaps one could submit their travel itineraries based on airline records? United Airlines already knows everywhere I??ve flown in the past six years and my scheduled future trips. Isn??t THAT database proof enough that I, James, am a frequent, regular, and REGISTERED traveler? Why can??t I volunteer THAT info if I choose, along with my ID and passport, rather than an IRIS SCAN for god??s sakes?

I highly recommend that anyone who will be flying in the future avoid contact with a program that promises to do little to prevent terrorism at the expense of your personal freedoms. Join our original conversation or voice your opinions in the comments here.

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