United Airlines has launched the Transportation
Security Administration’s (TSA) Pre✓ program at O’Hare
International Airport, Terminal 1.
TSA Pre✓ is a new risk-based,
pre-screening initiative that allows customers to volunteer
information about themselves that may make them eligible to
expedite their screening experience.
Eligible United customers
traveling through Terminal 1 at O’Hare are allowed to leave on
their shoes, light outerwear and belts and to keep their laptops
and 3-1-1 compliant liquids and gels in their carry-ons.
“The TSA Pre✓ process will make our customers’
overall experience easier,” said United’s Senior Vice President of Network Operations and United Express Alex Marren. “We have a
great partnership with the TSA and appreciate their efforts to
make the screening process more efficient.”
The TSA manages
and operates this program and is working with United and with U.S.
Customs and Border Protection to identify possible participants.
Eligible United MileagePlus members are being invited to
participate in the initial phase. Non-members may qualify by becoming eligible members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s
Trusted Traveler programs.
For customers who choose to
participate, the TSA will determine eligibility for expedited
screening prior to each flight and will embed this information in
the barcode of eligible customers’ boarding passes. TSA agents
will then scan the boarding pass and will direct eligible customers to
the assigned pre-screening lane.
MileagePlus members participating in this
program may be eligible for expedited security screening in
Atlanta, Boston, Reagan Washington National, Minneapolis-St. Paul,
Portland, Ore. and Seattle, in addition to O’Hare.
The TSA will still conduct
random and unpredictable security measures, so no customers are
guaranteed expedited screening.
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