United Airlines just announced the launch of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Pre✓™ program at O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 1. TSA Pre✓™ 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 1 at O’Hare 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.

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 in Atlanta, Boston, Reagan Washington National, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, Ore. and Seattle, in addition to O’Hare. United customers can look forward to TSA Pre✓™ launching at additional airports throughout 2012. For more information on TSA Pre✓™, visit tsa.gov or united.com/tsaprescreening.

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