Mayor Gavin Newsom Wednesday announced the opening of a new airport security fast-pass program that will help registered passengers speed through screening check points at San Francisco International Airport safely and securely.

Clear, a service provider of registered traveler lanes at nine U.S. airports, including SFO, will open two fast-pass lanes at the airport in next few weeks, although passengers may register now, either on-line or at SFO.

"Now passengers at San Francisco International Airport can take advantage of Clear's airport security fast-pass program, an offering that combines technology and good customer service," Mayor Newsom said. "It will be particularly useful for those very frequent flyers." The mayor noted that United Airlines, which handles approximately 47 percent of passengers at SFO has more 1K (100,000-mile) flyers at SFO than at any other U.S. airport.

Passengers enrolling in the Clear registered traveler program voluntarily submit to in-depth background checks, provide hand or eye retina scans information and pay an annual service fee of approximately $100. Registered passengers have access to a separate line through airport security checkpoints by using an identity card containing their encrypted fingerprint or iris images. The program is interoperable, meaning a passenger joining at SFO would receive similar benefits at eight other airports - Orlando, Albany, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York JFK, Newark and San Jose international airports. LaGuardia and Little Rock, Ark., airports are scheduled to come on line next month.

Clear's enrollment stations at SFO are located in domestic Terminals One and Three. Hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Clear will expand enrollment to the International Terminal in the Fall. Clear also has deployed an enrollment station in the Hyatt Regency downtown. More than 55,000 travelers nationwide have already enrolled.