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Chicago O'Hare welcomes automated screening lanes to improve security experience

By The Hub team, November 14, 2016

Today we are further modernizing the airport security experience by becoming the first U.S.-based carrier to feature state-of-the-art, automated screening lanes at multiple airports with the opening of a fully redesigned TSA Precheck® security checkpoint in Terminal 1 at our hometown hub, Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Additionally, we became the first and only airline in the country to exclusively dedicate automated lanes to a TSA Precheck security checkpoint, continuing to increase efficiency and improve the screening experience for our customers.

The new lanes enable up to five customers to fill their individual bins simultaneously and move through the screening process quicker, even if TSA agents need to perform additional screening on a customer further up the queue. The lanes also utilize a parallel conveyor system that automatically returns empty bins to the front of the queue.

“As the first and only U.S.-based airline to launch automated screening lanes in multiple airports, United continues its commitment to using the latest technology to meet the changing needs of our customers and improve the airport experience," said Greg Hart, United's executive vice president and chief operations officer.

“We are very appreciative of the ongoing collaboration between TSA and our industry partners such as United," said TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. “Working together in our efforts to deploy effective, state-of-the-art technologies such as these automated lanes in Terminal 1 at O'Hare furthers TSA's ability to fulfill its security mission while also enhancing the travel experience."

“Establishing these automated screening lanes at TSA checkpoints is an important part of sustaining the success we achieved since last spring," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We've gone from an unacceptable 104 minute wait time at peak hours at O'Hare to some of the shortest in the country among major airports. With the will, and the right technology, we will continue this progress. And I want to thank United Airlines for opening the latest innovation lanes here at O'Hare."

The opening of the newly redesigned security checkpoint and three automated screening lanes at O'Hare marks the latest step in our ongoing strategy to use the latest technology to ensure customers have a reliable experience during their travels. Last month, we launched automated screening lanes at our hub in Los Angeles and we expect to open automated lanes at Newark Liberty International Airport, our premier Trans-Atlantic gateway, before Thanksgiving. When we, in collaboration with the TSA, complete the installation, the newly centralized security checkpoint at Terminal C in Newark Liberty will feature 17 automated lanes.

In addition to installing automated screening lanes, we are building and redesigning checkpoints at several hubs throughout our network that will dramatically improve the customer experience. Key initiatives include:

  • Installing audio and visual enhancements utilizing cutting-edge technology in the security queuing area to provide customers with more information.
  • Consolidating four checkpoints into one new, centralized checkpoint at Newark Liberty.
  • Redesigning security checkpoints at Chicago O'Hare.
  • Constructing a new, state-of-the-art customer check-in area and a consolidated security screening checkpoint in Terminal 7 at Los Angeles International Airport.
If you are thinking about enrolling in TSA Pre✓® you can apply today at Ohare's TSA Pre✓ Enrollment Center. Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 7:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. and Saturdays from 9a.m. to 3p.m.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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