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If you’ve taken a plane in the last few years, you’ve probably looked on in envy as pre-screened passengers snaked around the security line and skipped the wait on their way into the terminal. You’ll soon see the same thing at Live Nation’s festivals and concerts.
As Hypebot points out, the live event giant has announced a partnership with IdentoGo, the same company that helps the TSA with their Pre-Check program. They’ll bring the very same enrollment protocol to festivals and venues. Once a member, concertgoers will be allowed to bypass long entry lines with a Fast Pass wristband. (You also won’t have to remove your shoes or take your laptop out of your bag; no new security procedures are being added.)
Signing up for the festival Fast Pass is the same as for the TSA Pre-Check — in fact, enrolling in one qualifies you for both, so if you’re already a Pre-Check member, you’re already able to skip the Live Nation lines. The application process takes about 10 minutes and costs $85; all you need to do is provide valid government-issued ID and/or proof of US citizenship at a designated enrollment location, undergo a quick screening process, and you’re set for five years. Live Nation will even help you avoid the long waits at enrollment centers by providing sign up stations at certain venues and events.
Once you’re a member, you’ll provide your nine-digit Known Traveler Number and a photo ID at the Fast Pass gate, and walk right into the concert. The program has already been unveiled at Washington’s Watershed Festival, and will have a presence at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest, and New York’s The Meadows Music & Arts Festival. Venues participating in the Fast Pass system include Dallas, Texas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion; Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia; and West Palm Beach, Florida’s Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre.
Live Nation will be testing to program out through the end of next year. If successful, expect to see Fast Pass lines at nearly every venue and festival the company owns.