- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority yesterday awarded a contract to a New York company to administer its registered-traveler program.

Registered travelers are airline passengers who carry identity cards that allow them to pass through express lines at airport security checkpoints. They must undergo background checks and submit to either fingerprint or eye scans to obtain the cards.

The contract to Verified Identity Pass Inc. gives the company authority to design a registered-traveler security system and provide the staff for it at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

“It will improve the customer experience for both passengers who elect to become enrollees and those who don’t by making the overall screening process operate more efficiently,” the airports authority said.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Verified Identity Pass operates registered traveler programs at 13 other airports.

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