by By Hunter R. Slaton | September 02, 2009

On Aug. 20, two members of the House Homeland Security Committee, Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and ranking member Rep. Peter King (R–N.Y.), wrote a letter to Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, requesting that Registered Traveler data not be deleted by the Transportation Security Administration. Registered Traveler is an expedited airport security lane program that was primarily utilized by the company Verified Identity Pass and its Clear lanes, until that firm's abrupt shutdown in June. (Click here for more on the Registered Traveler program.) In the letter, Thompson and King argued that if the TSA deletes the Registered Traveler program participant data, as the agency has ordered, it "could have a potential negative impact on the restoration of operations for the RT program."