Security rules and TSA PreCheck information

TSA security rules and TSA PreCheck® information

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens all commercial airline passengers and bags on departing flights in the U.S. Learn more about the TSA rules for carry-on bags and how to get through security faster.

TSA security rules and TSA PreCheck® information

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens all commercial airline passengers and bags on departing flights in the U.S. Learn more about the TSA rules for carry-on bags and how to get through security faster.

Security rules

Here are the TSA rules for items people usually bring in carry-on bags. You can bring one carry-on bag and one personal item for free on most domestic and international flights. If you have questions about the rules for other items, use the What Can I Bring? tool on the TSA website.

Security rules

Here are the TSA rules for items people usually bring in carry-on bags. You can bring one carry-on bag and one personal item for free on most domestic and international flights. If you have questions about the rules for other items, use the What Can I Bring? tool on the TSA website.

TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck helps travelers in the U.S. get through security screening faster. If you’re accepted into the program, you can use an express security lane when you travel from select airports. The TSA — not United® — chooses travelers for the TSA PreCheck program, so contact them if you have any additional questions or need help.

TSA PreCheck benefits:

Get through security lines
quicker.
Keep your shoes, belt and light
jacket on.

Leave laptops in your bag.

Travel-sized liquids stay in your bag.

TSA PreCheck is only open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and lawful permanent residents. The application fee is $78 and status is valid for 5 years. For more information on the application process, visit the TSA FAQ page.

Use your miles to pay for TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck is only open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and lawful permanent residents. The application fee is $78 and status is valid for 5 years. For more information on the application process, visit the TSA FAQ page.

Use your miles to pay for TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck Touchless ID

If you have TSA PreCheck and are departing from select airports, you can use your face to check your bag and move through security. With TSA PreCheck Touchless ID, you don’t need to show your boarding pass and physical ID at bag drop shortcut1or the security checkpoint.

We plan to add TSA PreCheck Touchless ID to more bag drop counters, security checkpoints and boarding gates in the future. Keep checking this page to be the first to know when this service comes to an airport near you.

StationBag drop shortcutSecurity checkpoint
Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

To use TSA PreCheck Touchless ID on your next trip2, follow these steps:

Add your information

Scan your passport and add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) in the United app. Select My United → View Profile and Settings → TSA PreCheck and travel documents.

Opt in

Check in for your flight on the mobile app to start the opt-in process. Read our privacy policy and give us permission to use your facial scan as an ID.

Bag drop shortcut

When you get to the airport, go to the bag drop shortcut area and scan your face at the special TSA PreCheck Touchless ID kiosk. An agent will print your bag tags and take your bags.3

Security checkpoint

TSA PreCheck Touchless ID lanes are located at TSA PreCheck. Leave your ID in your wallet and scan your face.

If you change your mind and do not want to participate, you can still use bag drop shortcut and TSA PreCheck when you get to the airport. You will just have to scan your boarding pass and show your physical ID to an agent.

1. During our testing phase, bag drop agents will check physical IDs after the facial scan.

2. This service is only available to customers on single passenger reservations who are at least 18 years old.

3. Passengers using an airport wheelchair or traveling with a pet cannot opt in to this service, as it is only available at bag drop shortcut. If you plan to use an airport wheelchair, drop your bags off at the accessibility assistance area. If you are traveling with a pet, drop your bags off at the additional services area.

Enroll in TSA PreCheck at Denver International Airport

You can now enroll in TSA PreCheck after security at Denver International Airport (DEN). The approval process takes less than five minutes, and you don’t need to make an appointment.

To sign up for TSA PreCheck at DEN, visit the IDEMIA mobile cart near Gate B35. In-Journey TSA PreCheck Enrollment is open to departing, arriving, and layover travelers. Bring a photo ID and proof of U.S. citizenship. You can pay the $78 application fee with a credit card or use your miles to get a payment code.

Trusted Traveler Programs

If you travel internationally, you can apply for Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI for express border security screening. Memberships for each of these programs are valid for 5 years and include TSA PreCheck. Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI cards are REAL ID-compliant and can also be used as identification at U.S. security checkpoints.

Trusted Traveler Programs

If you travel internationally, you can apply for Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI for express border security screening. Memberships for each of these programs are valid for 5 years and include TSA PreCheck. Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI cards are REAL ID-compliant

Use your United card to pay for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck application fees and earn up to $100 in statement credit.

Use your United card to pay for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck application fees and earn up to $100 in statement credit.

Traveler pro tips

Traveler pro tips

Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of the Trusted Traveler Programs:

Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of the Trusted Traveler Programs:

  • A TSA PreCheck® logo or “TSA PRE” must be printed on your boarding pass near your name for you to use TSA PreCheck.
  • Book your flights using the name and date of birth listed on the ID you used to apply to a Trusted Traveler Program.
  • Add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your United MileagePlus profile and existing reservations.
  • If you have Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI, your 9-digit PASS ID is your KTN. It’s on the back of your card in the upper-left corner and in your TTP profile.
  • If you’re active-duty military or a DoD civilian, you can get TSA PreCheck for free. Visit the TSA FAQ page for more information.
  • Minors under the age of 18 may be able to use the TSA PreCheck line without joining the program. Visit the TSA FAQ page for more information.