The Anonymous Widower

Let’s Ban Duty Free on Aircraft!

I never buy anything in duty-free shops when I fly.  I used to buy perfume for C, as that is very different to say spirits.

The difference is the weight and the inflammability.

As a former pilot, I know a lot about flying and the physics of it. One of the ways to make aircraft more fuel efficient is to not carry any excess weight on the plane.  And making planes more fuel efficient means they emit less carbon dioxide to create more global warming! So you get aircraft makers and airlines trying hard to be green and then the authorities allow them to bring on excess weight, that they could buy at the destination airport.  

There is now pressure from some countries to allow liquids to be carried on aircraft again.  And that includes duty-free bought in another place.

So security will get tighter and queues will get longer, which will mean more delays and probably more carbon emissions.

All of this could be avoided by banning duty-free on aircraft.  But then airlines and airports would say it will make flying more expensive, as duty-free subsidises the tickets!

And another thought! Budget airlines make a charge for each bag.  Why not add a weight charge for every passenger and their baggage?

It could have some interesting secondary affects.

April 11, 2011 - Posted by | News, Transport | ,

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