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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented an expedited security screening program at participating airports, allowing certain travelers to move through security with greater efficiency and ease when traveling on an itinerary within the United States or on select international itineraries.
How it works:
If you apply to the program, the TSA will determine your eligibility for expedited screening prior to each flight and will embed this information in the barcode of your boarding pass. Customers who are eligible for expedited screening will see the TSA pre-screening logo on their mobile boarding passes and on boarding passes printed at home or from kiosks at select airports. Currently, boarding passes printed at the check-in counter do not display the TSA pre-screening logo, and not all airport check-in kiosks are able to include the TSA pre-screening logo on boarding passes. These capabilities will be added at a later date.
On mobile boarding passes, the TSA pre-screening logo will appear in the top right corner above the barcode. On printed boarding passes, the TSA pre-screening logo will appear directly above the eligible passenger’s name. Note that if you are eligible for TSA pre-screening, the logo will appear on boarding passes throughout your itinerary, regardless of whether pre-screening lanes are available at your departure airport(s).
When you arrive at a participating airport, go to the designated security checkpoint, where the TSA agent will scan your boarding pass and direct you to the assigned pre-screening lane if you are eligible for that flight.
In the pre-screening lane, you may no longer need to remove the following items:
Please note: The TSA uses random and unpredictable security measures. Therefore, you are not guaranteed expedited screening for every flight, even if you have applied to the program.
- Participating airports
TSA pre-screening designated security checkpoints are currently located at the following airports. Additional locations may be added in the future.
||Designated Security Checkpoint
|Anchorage International (ANC)
||Main Terminal, Checkpoint South
|Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS)
||Main Terminal, Checkpoint 2, Lane 4
|Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)
||Main Checkpoint, Terminal D
|Boston Logan International (BOS)
|Charlotte-Douglas International (CLT)
||Main Terminal, Checkpoint B
|Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)
||Terminal 1, Terminal 2
|Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG)
||Terminal 3, Main Checkpoint
|Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE)
||Main Terminal, South Checkpoint, Lane 7
|Denver International (DEN)
||South Security Checkpoint
|Dulles International (IAD)
||Departures level of Main Terminal, new TSA Pre-screening Checkpoint
|Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
||Main Checkpoint, Lanes 1-4
|Honolulu International (HNL)
||Main Terminal, Checkpoint 5
|Houston - George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
|Indianapolis International (IND)
||Main Terminal, Checkpoint A
|Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS)
||Terminal 3, Lane 14
|Los Angeles International (LAX)
||Terminal 7, Main Checkpoint
|Memphis International (MEM)
||Main Terminal, Checkpoint B, Lane 1
|Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP)
||Lindbergh Terminal, Checkpoint 4
|Nashville International (BNA)
||Main Terminal, South Checkpoint, Lane 1
|Newark Liberty International (EWR)
|Orange County - John Wayne (SNA)
||Terminal A Checkpoint, Lane 4
|Orlando International (MCO)
||Main Terminal, West Checkpoint
|Philadelphia International (PHL)
||Checkpoint C, Lane 5
Checkpoint DE, Lane 2
|Pittsburgh International (PIT)
||Main Terminal Checkpoint, Lane 1
|Portland International (PDX)
|Raleigh-Durham International (RDU)
||Terminal 2, Main Checkpoint, Lane 10
|Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA)
||South Pier Gates 10-22
|San Francisco International (SFO)
||Terminal 3, Premium Checkpoint
|San Juan - Luis Muñoz Marin International (SJU)
||Main Terminal, Checkpoint 4
|Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA)
||Checkpoint 3 Central
How to participate
To apply for this program, you must be a U.S. citizen, or a Canadian citizen who is a member of NEXUS, and in order to submit your TSA pre-screening application through united.com, you must be a MileagePlus member.
Select members of participating airlines’ frequent flyer programs and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global EntryTM, NEXUS and SENTRI, are most likely to be eligible for expedited screening. Upon request, MileagePlus provides eligible Global ServicesSM, Premier® 1K® and Premier Platinum members a payment code to be used as form of payment for the fee for new Global Entry applications.
U.S. citizens currently enrolled in CBP Trusted Traveler programs, and Canadian citizens currently enrolled in NEXUS, can participate by providing their CBP-assigned PASS ID number (located in their GOES account online and in the top left-hand corner of their membership card) in the “Known Traveler Number” field when booking travel reservations. CBP Trusted Traveler participants can also add their PASS ID number to their MileagePlus profile in the “Known Traveler Number” field to have their number automatically sent to the TSA when booking reservations.
To apply to participate in TSA pre-screening, select the button below. You will be required to sign in to your MileagePlus account.
Opt in or opt out of TSA pre-screening
If you would like to apply for TSA pre-screening through united.com but are not yet a MileagePlus member, you may enroll in MileagePlus now.
The TSA manages and operates this pre-screening program. Please visit the TSA website or contact the TSA for additional details and answers to questions about the program.