Bad news for the people who count on Clear Lanes to get through airport security quickly: The company has ceased operations.

The pass, which cost $200, was designed to enable holders to zip through security at about 20 U.S. airports. Flyclear, announced on its Web site (www.flyclear.com) that its parent company, Verified Identity Pass, "has been unable to negotiate an agreement with its senior creditor to continue operations."

Not only will the travelers who count on this service be waiting with the rest of us, at this time the people who paid for the memberships will not be reimbursed the money they paid.  

The card, which TravelingMom wrote about last month, was issued by the private company but overseen by the federal government’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the same agency that screens passengers in the airports. In effect, the card was designed to allow holders to clear security before heading to the airport.

To qualify for a card, applicants were required to appear in person at a Clear Card enrollment center AND have their “biometric information” –photograph, fingerprints and iris image – recorded, encrypted and stored on the card. The company now says "Applicant and Member data is currently secured in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s Security, Privacy and Compliance Standards. Verified Identity Pass, Inc.  will continue to secure such information and will take appropriate steps to delete the information."

The pass had been accepted at just over 20 U.S. airports nationwide, including some of the biggies such as Atlanta Hartsfield and San Francisco–although not all gates at all airports.