Steve Brill's leaky airport-security startup raises $44 million Verified Identity Pass, the company behind the Clear fast-pass program for security check lines at airports, has raised a $44.4 million round of investment lead by Spark Capital. More good news for founder Stephen Brill? VIP has been allowed to resume signing up new customers by the Transportation Security Administration after briefly losing a laptop with substantial amounts customer information . (Photo by AP/Richard Drew)