HOUSTON, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced the launch today of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) PreCheck™ program at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Terminal C South, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Terminal 7. TSA PreCheck™ 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 C at IAH and Terminal 7 at LAX 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.
"We are excited that the TSA is expanding the PreCheck process to two more United hubs," says United's Senior Vice President of Network Operations and United Express Alex Marren. "PreCheck makes our customers' overall experience easier, and we appreciate TSA's 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 scan the boarding pass and will direct eligible customers to the assigned pre-screening lane. The TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures, so no customers are guaranteed expedited screening.
MileagePlus members participating in this program may be eligible for expedited security screening at Chicago O'Hare, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Reagan Washington National, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, Ore., and Seattle, in addition to Houston and Los Angeles. United customers can look forward to TSA PreCheck™ launching at additional airports throughout 2012. For more information on TSA PreCheck™, visit tsa.gov or united.com/tsaprescreening.About United United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,605 flights a day to 375 airports on six continents from our hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/ Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142 million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Airbus A350XWBs, and 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. United was rated the world's most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine's 2012 airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL. SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.