Get ready to shop (err fly)

Flying seems to be increasingly designed as a shopping experience.  Airports are like shopping malls but worse; at least when visiting a mall you can usually go directly to your destination shop. However even without intentionally entering one of the myriad of shops in modern airports, flying today requires running a shopping gauntlet. To get to your plane, you are forced to walk through shops lined with perfume spraying ladies. Once on board your plane, in addition to insanely overpriced food, you are offered lottery tickets, more perfume and other assorted junk. Finally, after arrival at your destination airport, you often have to walk through another shop to get out of the security area.  Who the heck needs so many shopping opportunities? Today, it seems that it’s less about the airports providing flying infrastructure for the airlines and more about the airlines bringing customers to the shopping malls (err airports).
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2 thoughts on “Get ready to shop (err fly)

  1. On the other hand, if there’s a long layover between flights, we’re appreciative of the opportunity to browse. We really are. Just wish those restaurants and food stands would serve better and less expensive food!

  2. The worst airport for this is Sydney International. You have to walk through the massive duty free shop to get to the departure gates, and it is only just possible to avoid it on the arrivals side (and that’s if you know the way). They can be a pleasant diversion if you are delayed, but most of the time it really is just an opportunity to extract money from tired and often grumpy prisoners.

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