Posted by: Jack Santos
In my year and a half or so as a Clear member, I think I used it once. Seemed like a good idea when long lines after 9/11 were still fresh on my mind.
But even then I was concerned about all the personal info they were collecting – SSN, credit card, height, weight, eye color, hair color, fingerprint, retinal patterns.
Where is that stuff now?
Then TSA improved its process. Never any lines at the regular queue, resulting in empty stations at Clear; it was pretty obvious where this was going.
I found that the Clear play was always a bad bet – basically a bet on the government NEVER getting its act together. A bet on outsourcing. A bet on private enterprise trumping public initiatives every time.
Wow. Now that’s the definition of zeitgeist. Those assumptions were all true during the Bush years, but apparently not true anymore. Big government is “in” big-time, baby. And for Tarp-funded execs that gave up the private jet, the last protection from the unruly travel mob is gone. So it goes, off to the expert lane.
I ignored the advice of our Identity and Privacy team, and took the Clear leap. They have something to say about this too, here.
Hey- what the heck, it was comp’d by Marriott, why not? As Dan Ariely, behavioral economist at Duke, has said: I was seduced by “Free!” And the government supported it, didn’t they? With much talk about expedited lines and trusted frequent travelers….
Now, Clear laptops are missing, servers are idle and unprotected, and some hacker somewhere is happy, working on how to take advantage of me. I hope my homeowners identity theft rider covers this…