NEW YORK (AP) -- Some elite fliers on United Airlines are now able to speed through security at special Transportation Security Administration PreCheck lanes at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
Newark joins Chicago O'Hare International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as airports where qualified United passengers can use the expedited security lanes.
The airline, part of United Continental Holdings Inc., said Wednesday that fliers out of Washington's Dulles International Airport will be able to use the service next month.
Passengers on Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, part of AMR Corp., are able to use the program at more than a dozen airports. United, US Airways Group Inc. and Alaska Air Group Inc. have been slower to roll out the program but are now catching up.
The PreCheck program is open to some elite frequent fliers as well as travelers enrolled in one of the Customs and Border Protection's expedited entry programs: Global Entry, Nexus or Sentri. These travelers are considered less of a terrorist risk and don't have to go through as stringent a screening process. Speeding them through the checkpoint allows the TSA to dedicate more staff to other passengers, ideally reducing lines for them, too.
PreCheck won't let you skip screening every time. A random code embedded in a boarding pass lets you use the PreCheck lane or requires you to undergo normal screening. Either way, you can jump to the front of the line.
Passengers still have to walk through a metal detector and bags go through the X-ray scan, but liquids and laptops can remain in their suitcase. Belts, shoes and jackets remain on.
PreCheck is only good when traveling domestically and is expected to be at 35 airports by the end of the year.