Here is the scenario. You are traveling internationally with your boss, and she does not have Global Entry. Should you go through the normal customs line with her? Or just zip through and meet up with her later? Another scenario: you’re traveling with someone junior than you, and he doesn’t have TSA Pre-check. Do you wait, or tell them you’ll meet them at the gate?
This was a question I got from a reader lately. What do you do when you have special access to the quick lanes but your traveling companions don’t? Is it rude to leave them behind?
“Do I stay in the main line with them, or use the expedited lanes and take the extra time saved to catch up on email while I wait for them to clear security? I’ll of course bring them to the lounge with me, but is it rude to abandon them for the sake of leaving my shoes on and bag packed?”
In my opinion, it depends on which scenario we’re talking about. If you’re traveling with your boss, I say wait in the slow lane. It’s not fun, but at least you’re being polite. Plus you’ll get some face time. (Although, I would also tell your boss about Global Entry or Nexus, and how it’s totally worth it for $100 or $50 for five years. Even if you only travel internationally occasionally!)
If you’re traveling with a subordinate, I think you can go either way. If you really don’t want to wait or you have work you need to do, tell them you have to get on a call or respond to some emails and you’ll see them at the gate. Unless, of course, it’s someone you enjoy traveling with. In that case, if you want to wait with them, than do.
Of course, there is the awkwardness of partially disrobing in front of colleagues. If that makes you uncomfortable, or you’re worried about needing a pat down, I would definitely go through the priority lane alone.
Readers, what do you think? Should you waste time for your boss? Is it rude to let junior employees take the slow security lane alone?