Expedited airport processing programs
United customers may take advantage of several programs available through both the U.S. government and private companies that could help them to move through the airport more quickly.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offers the Global Entry® program in order to expedite the processing of pre-approved, low-risk international travelers entering the United States.
Automated Passport Control (APC)
APC is a CBP program that expedites the entry process for U.S. and Canadian passport holders, U.S. residents, eligible Visa Waiver Program nationals, and certain U.S. visa holders by allowing travelers to scan their passports, submit their Customs Declaration and verify their identities at a self-service kiosk. APC is a free service and does not require pre-registration or membership. Additional information about the program and locations can be found at the CBP website.
Mobile Passport Control (MPC)
U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors can use the free Mobile Passport appfootnote* for faster entry into the U.S. at select airports. The app lets you submit your passport information and U.S. Customs Declarations before U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection. Visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Mobile Passport website for more information. You can download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
MPC is currently available at the following international airports served by United:
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
- Denver (DEN)
- Houston Intercontinental (IAH)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- New York/Newark (EWR)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Washington Dulles International (IAD)
One Stop Security (OSS) in Tokyo
One Stop Security (OSS) is available at Tokyo Narita for customers traveling on select flights from the United States and connecting on other international flights. OSS allows customers to be exempt from additional security screening upon arrival at Narita Airport and go directly to their connecting gate.
Currently, you’re eligible to use this lane if you’ve arrived on a United flight from Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington Dulles. Starting December 1, customers on United flights from all U.S. cities will be eligible.
TSA Precheck program
TSA Pre✓® is an expedited security screening program managed and operated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that allows certain travelers to move through security more quickly and easily when departing from participating airports in the U.S.
The TSA recommends that travelers who make at least three round trips per year enroll in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Trusted Traveler program, such as TSA Pre✓®. Depending on where you travel, you can also consider Global Entry®, NEXUS or SENTRI for expedited security screening. Memberships are valid 5 years.
CLEAR® uses your biometrics — your eyes and fingertips — to verify your identity to get you through security faster. CLEAR can be used at more than 30 airports, as well as stadiums and other venues throughout the U.S.
MileagePlus® members receive preferred pricing on their CLEAR membership.