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Running Late for a Flight? It Is Perfectly Acceptable To Cut the Line.

Soooo, what do you do when you’re late to the airport and run into a loooong line?

The acceptable and only correct answer—besides accepting a terrible fate—is to let airport staff and other passengers to know the situation. It’s OK! This is not the time to be a man and suck it up! Seek help!

Here is a phrase you can use:

Hi, I’m so sorry to ask. But my flight is about to depart in [INSERT] minutes. Do I mind if I jump ahead of you if you have the time?

In dire situations, I have been:

  • Been able to use the first-class check-in counter instead of the economy counter
  • Been personally escorted to the front of the security line and to the airport gate by TSA
  • Been shown the front of the security line minus an escort
  • Been able to use PreCheck in a non-PreCheck line
  • Skipped passengers been waiting to be screened
  • Jumped on one of those airport cars to be zoomed around to a gate
  • Been able to secure a *confirmed* backup flight in case I missed my connection

Let’s adjust the script again for any request:

Hi, I’m so sorry to ask. But my flight is about to depart in [INSERT] minutes. Do I mind if I [SPECIFIC REQUEST]?

Pay it forward later down the line. And, in case all else fails, don’t be afraid to invoke the flat tire rule.





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