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United Customers Can Expedite Travel Process With TSA PreCheck As Program Expands To Cleveland Hub

CLEVELAND, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced the launch of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) PreCheck program at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport's (CLE) Main Terminal. TSA PreCheck also opened for United customers on March 19 in Austin, Texas. TSA PreCheck is a risk-based pre-screening initiative that allows customers to volunteer information about themselves that may make them eligible to expedite their screening experience. The screening allows eligible United customers 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 when traveling through the Main Terminal, south checkpoint at CLE and in Austin at the Main Terminal, checkpoint 2, lane 4.

"We're excited to add Cleveland and round out the availability of PreCheck screenings at all eight of United's domestic hubs," said Alex Marren, United's senior vice president of network operations and United Express. "After participating in the program for more than nine months, feedback has been great and customers are welcoming the new process. We now have PreCheck at more than 25 airports where United flies."

The TSA manages and operates this program and is working with United and 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 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.

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