Touchless Check-In for Your Flight: FAQs - United Hub

Touchless check-in: FAQ

By The Hub team, May 08, 2020

At select airports, you can now check in to your United flight while keeping your hands clean and practicing social distancing, even if you're checking bags. Here's everything you need to know about our touchless check-in process, and how to print bag tags using our touchless kiosks at the airport:

When will touchless check-in be available?

We will begin testing touchless check-in at select locations beginning Sunday, May 10th.

Where is touchless check-in available?

We're kicking off with Chicago-O'Hare, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Orlando to test the process and gather feedback from our customers and employees. In the coming weeks, we'll be rolling out touchless check-in to the rest of our locations around the world. We will notify you in the United app and in pre-travel emails if touchless check-in is available at your point of origin for your next flight.

How do I know if I can use touchless check-in?

If you're checking bags and are not subject to special exemptions, you can use a touchless kiosk. Simply check in on the United app or united.com/checkin, prepay any applicable baggage fees and you're travel-ready.

How do I use a touchless kiosk when I arrive at the airport?

Once you arrive at the airport with your boarding pass on your mobile device or with a copy you printed at home, simply approach the kiosk and scan your boarding pass in the slot just below the kiosk screen. Any luggage tags associated with the name on your boarding pass will begin to print immediately. If you have multiple travelers with checked bags in your party, you will be prompted to scan additional boarding passes for them as well. Luggage tags will only print when the boarding pass for the customer who is checking the luggage is scanned. When you're done printing and attaching your luggage tags, proceed to drop your bags at the designated location. Touchless kiosks can be identified by the words "Touchless check-in" on their screens or by signs at the airport.

What if I am not checking any bags?

You can already have a touchless check-in experience by checking in on the United mobile app or united.com/checkin and using the boarding pass on your mobile phone to progress through security and to the gate. You can also print your boarding pass from home. If you need further assistance, see a United customer service agent at a ticketing counter when you arrive at the airport.

What if I am unable to complete check-in on the United mobile app or united.com/checkin?

In certain cases, online or touchless check-in cannot be completed and you will need to use a traditional touchscreen kiosk or see an agent at the airport lobby. These include customers traveling on Basic Economy fares who are subject to our Basic Economy baggage policy, customers traveling internationally, customers traveling with special baggage items or customers subject to baggage fee exemptions such as active military traveling on orders. Don't worry, we're hard at work on touchless options for all of our customers and will communicate further updates once they are available.

What if I don't have the United app?

The United app is free to download from the app store for iOS or Android and provides a number of features in addition to touchless check-in that will help you manage your entire journey. Alternatively, you can go to united.com/checkin from your mobile phone to check-in for your flight, pay any applicable fees and obtain your mobile boarding pass.

What if I don't have a mobile phone?

You can complete online check-in from your home computer by visiting united.com/checkin on your computer's web browser. After checking in and paying any applicable baggage fees, you can print your boarding pass at home and bring it with you to the airport.

Can I talk to a United representative instead?

Absolutely. If you would prefer not to use a kiosk, you can see a United representative when you arrive at the airport. Processing times at our full-service counters might be a bit longer during peak travel times, so you should plan to arrive a little earlier.

What else is United doing to keep travelers safe?

Your safety is always our top priority. You can read more about the changes we've made at every step of your travel experience to ensure you stay safe and healthy when you fly with us.

United's regional presidents join respective Governor's COVID-19 task force

By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

  • 1
    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
  • 2
    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
  • 3
    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

  • 6
    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
  • 7
    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
  • 8
    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
  • 9
    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

  • 1
    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
  • 2
    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
  • 4
    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
  • 5
    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
  • 6
    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
  • 7
    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
  • 8
    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020


Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

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