Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition

Cutting airport lines an issue for traveler

- By Amy Dickinson askamy@amydickins­ Twitter@askingamy Distribute­d by Tribune Content Agency

Dear Amy: I travel by air for work relatively often and have TSA PreCheck to get through security faster.

My regional airport allows Clear to operate there, and I find myself getting angry every time a Clear employee escorts someone in front of me in line without acknowledg­ing my presence, asking my permission or apologizin­g for “cutting” in front of me.

I’ve been trying to think of a clever and direct way to preemptive­ly signal that I’m not OK with them walking in front of me. I’ve even looked online to see if this is something I need to accept, but haven’t found anything. Any thoughts?

— Silently Simmering

Dear Simmering: Clear is a private company that operates in airports, using iris scans and fingerprin­ts to expedite passage through security lines. I note that on the company’s website, they offer human “ambassador­s” to escort paid users to the front of security lines — that’s the “cutting” you’ve experience­d.

Just as you have paid extra to join the TSA PreCheck queue (allowing you to bypass many of the security checks other passengers tolerate), cutting the line seems to be the privilege these customers are purchasing.

The experience of being preempted by others is one of many at airports that passengers are not “OK” with. An “ambassador” should make eye contact with you and say something like, “Excuse me — I’m escorting this Clear customer through the expedited line. Thank you for your patience.” In addition to being basically polite, treating other passengers well might sell their service to potential customers.

On the other hand, they may see any interchang­e with other passengers as opening the door to complaints. Your question is really about how to respond to this abrupt interrupti­on. I have no clever response, but saying, “Hi there, after you. Have a nice flight,” might inspire an acknowledg­ment or a more polite response.

Dear Amy: I was married to “Dan” for about a decade. We split six years ago, have two children and maintain an excellent co-parenting relationsh­ip.

After healing from the divorce, I started dating again and got into a two-year relationsh­ip with an abusive man named “Dan.” My family and I eventually referred to this man as “Bad Dan” to clarify who was being spoken about in conversati­on.

Fast-forward a couple of years, and I’m in a healthy relationsh­ip with a great guy — whose name also happens to be “Dan.”

I swear I don’t search these guys out. … I used to automatica­lly swipe left on any Dans I came across on dating sites for a time. I’m struggling with creative and respectful ways of referring to all these Dans!

After taking legal steps to protect ourselves, “Bad Dan” is out of the picture. However, my ex-husband and current boyfriend will both (I hope!) be in my life for some time to come.

They both have the same first and middle initials. One could be Dan and one could be “DJ,” assuming that one of them is OK with going by their initials. Do you have any other ideas?

— Too Many Dans

Dear TMD: First of all, there can never be too many Dans. This “Dan” thing is NBD (“No Big Deal,” or “No Bad Dan”). Could your current Dan be “Danny?” Could your ex-husband Dan be “Dan-X?

When my daughter was in preschool with about 14 other girls named “Emma,” everyone adjusted to referring to these girls by their first name plus surname-initial. Might this work with your Dans?

Ask these Dans what they’d prefer. You never know: One of them might be harboring a secret wish to be called “Charlton” or “Amadeus.” Go with it.

Dear Amy: “Suspicious Grandma” was worried that her teen granddaugh­ters were only visiting to get to her collection of Beanie Babies.

I have an awful feeling that she is onto something. I suggest she take the Beanies to a deposit box, not tell any of her family members about it and then see how often they come to visit.

— Also Suspicious

Dear Also: Aside from wondering how many of these stuffed toys would fit into a deposit box (a storage unit might be better for this collection) this begs the existentia­l question: If my Beanie Babies don’t exist, do I?

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