The Registered Traveler Programs are Working Together
The Registered Traveler programs are now run by two different private-sector service providers operating at six airports across the country. Those providers working together is key to the success of the program, allowing cards, regardless of the service provider from which they were issued, to be read and accepted by other providers’ operating at participating airports. This is accomplished through the Central Information Management System (CIMS) which was developed and is operated by the Security Biometric Clearing Network (SBCN) for the Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC).
“These events are the culmination of the tireless efforts of airports, private industry, and the Transportation Security Administration, working as part of the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium, to create an interoperable RT program,” said Carter Morris, Senior Vice President at the American Association of Airport Executives. “As envisioned by airports, industry and TSA, today the program operates on an open platform creating an extremely secure and seamless experience for RT participants around the country.”
So what it boils down to is that if you’re a member of Clear, and you go to Reno, which uses rtGO, your card will still work.
The Registered Traveler program provides expedited security screening processes and an extra layer of security for passengers who volunteer biometric and biographic information to a TSA-approved RT vendor and successfully complete a TSA-conducted security threat assessment. RT is a private sector program, supported and overseen by the TSA. Lanes are operational at six airports with five more airports scheduled to begin operations shortly. An additional seven airports intend to operate RT at their facilities in the near future and are actively soliciting from the five service providers currently approved by TSA.