Waiting in line for security checks before boarding an airplane is an experience Americans have grown used to — and weary of — over the last decade.
Now United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) is offering passengers a way to cut waiting times and speed through security lines. But it will cost them $9, the Chicago Tribune notes.
Passengers who pay that fee will be put on the “Premier Access” security queue that promises a quicker inspection.
Previously, United had restricted its “Premier Access” line to first class fliers or business travelers, who are paying higher ticket prices already. In order not to swell the special line, and potentially irritate higher-paying fliers, the airline says it will sell “Premier Access” only to a limited number of leisure travelers.
Rival airlines Southwest (NYSE:LUV) and JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) already offer general travelers a quicker route through security.
Shares of United dipped slightly in Thursday morning trading.