TSA Pre✓® program
TSA Pre✓® is designed to help travelers speed up their security screening. If you apply and are selected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), you’ll pass through a dedicated lane when you travel from select airports in the U.S. Children ages 12 and under may go with an eligible traveler through TSA Pre✓®. The TSA — not United® — chooses travelers for expedited screening.
Benefits of TSA Pre✓®
Get through security lines quickly
Keep your shoes, belts and light jackets on
Leave laptops in your bag
3-1-1 liquids remain in your bag
Trusted Traveler programs
The TSA recommends that travelers who make at least three roundtrips 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.
After DHS approves your application, you’ll receive a KTN/PASS ID number. To be eligible for TSA Pre✓® benefits:
- Add your KTN/PASS ID/Department of Defense (DoD) ID number to your United MileagePlus profile
- Add your KTN/PASS ID/DoD ID number to an existing reservation
- You can update existing United reservations through the "Edit traveler information" option in Manage Reservations, on an airport kiosk or in the United app. You’ll want to reprint your boarding pass or pull it up on the United app if you add your KTN after checking in.
- Book your flights using the name, date of birth and gender listed on the government-issued ID you used to apply for TSA Pre✓®. Otherwise, you may not receive expedited screening.
- Memberships are valid 5 years. Be sure to renew early to keep your TSA Pre✓® eligibility.
- United reservations may combine your middle name with your first name either in your reservation or on your boarding pass. This will not prevent you from receiving TSA Pre✓® benefits.
- A TSA Pre✓® logo or “TSA PRE” must be on your boarding pass near your name for you to use TSA Pre✓®. Presenting a Trusted Traveler card, TSA approval letter or other documentation alone will not grant TSA Pre✓® access.
Visit the TSA website or contact TSA for more details, including enrollment instructions, a list of participating airports and checkpoint schedules. Not all airports offer TSA Pre✓®. If you’re having issues with your TSA Pre✓® benefits, please contact TSA Customer Service for help.
The TSA uses unpredictable security measures throughout the airport. Some you can clearly see; others you may not notice. All travelers will be screened. Expedited screening isn’t guaranteed.
If you’re enrolled in TSA Pre✓®, please visit the Universal Enroll website to find your KTN or refer to your notification letter.
If you’re enrolled in Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI, you should visit the Trusted Traveler Programs website to find your PASS ID. Your PASS ID is your KTN. You can also check the back of your card in the upper-left corner. Here’s an example:
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, should visit the TSA's Member of the Military web page. You can also check the back of your Common Access Card to find your DoD ID number.
Enroll in a Trusted Traveler program by:
- Applying for TSA Pre✓®. Approved travelers are given a Known Traveler Number (KTN). The program is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. lawful permanent residents. U.S. citizens who make an occasional international trip may use the free Mobile Passport Control App to speed up their entry into the U.S.
- Applying for Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI. These programs are recommended for frequent international travelers and include TSA Pre✓®. Approved travelers are given a nine-digit PASS ID to use as their KTN. Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of certain other countries. The Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI cards are REAL ID-compliant and can be used as identification at U.S. security checkpoints.
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, can use their 10-digit DoD ID number as the KTN.
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*Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Application Fee Statement Credit: To be eligible for this statement credit you must use your UnitedSM Explorer Card to either complete the Global Entry application and pay the $100 application fee, or complete the TSA Pre✓® application and pay the $85 application fee. A statement credit will be processed after the Global Entry program application fee OR TSA Pre✓® application fee (whichever program is applied for first) is charged to your United Explorer Card. You are entitled to either: one (1) $100 statement credit per account, OR one (1) $85 statement credit per account, every 4 years in connection with the Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® program application fee. The statement credit will be posted to your account within 24 hours of the Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® program application fee being charged to your card. You are responsible for payment of all charges until the statement credit posts to the account. Global Entry is a U.S. Government program, operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). TSA Pre✓® is a U.S. Government program, operated by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Chase has no control over either program including, but not limited to, applications, approval process or enrollment, or fees charged by CBP or TSA, and no liability regarding the Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® programs. For complete details on the Global Entry program, including full terms and conditions, go to ttp.cbp.dhs.gov. For complete details on the TSA Pre✓® program, including full terms and conditions, go to tsa.gov. Websites and other information provided by government agencies are not within Chase's control and may not be available in Spanish. The statement credit benefit applies to the Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® programs only. Other program applications including, but not limited to, NEXUS, SENTRI, and Privium are not eligible for the statement credit benefit. To be eligible for this benefit, your account must be open and not in default at the time of statement credit fulfillment. Neither United Airlines nor MileagePlus is responsible for the provision of, or failure to provide, the stated benefits.
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