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This Airline Loves Selfie Sticks So Much They're Selling Them Onboard

April 21, 2015 at 5:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even though music festivals and even some airlines are moving to ban selfie sticks, British Airways is going against the stream to embrace the doohickies, even offering them for sale via their in-flight duty-free catalog.

We spotted this entry, for the “Bitmore Bluetooth Selfie Stick,” just yesterday while flying from Copenhagen to London-Heathrow, but rest assured all you longer-distance BA flyers have a chance at it as well; that same duty-free catalog shows up on flights outside Europe, too.

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Ryanair is Banning Pre-Bought Booze on Ibiza Flights from Glasgow

Where: Spain
April 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The in-flight party is about to end for those heading to Ibiza, as Ryanair is adding some new rules and regulations to one of their routes. If you’re not familiar with the island of Ibiza over in Spain, think foam parties, packed dance clubs, beautiful people and lots of drunken messes. So it's reasonable to expect high spirits and fun-loving passengers aboard Ibiza flights.

Technically BYOB is very much frowned upon on flights; however, passengers usually are allowed to bring duty-free purchases with them onboard. That’s where things get a little sticky as, apparently, plenty of people were opening things during the flight. Back in 2013, a flight was even diverted to France, as drunken passengers were pretty much causing a scene.

The "no bringing alcohol" into the cabin rule only applies to one specific route right now. It’s those flying between Glasgow and Ibiza. Duty-free purchases are still allowed, but they just need to be checked — no in-flight bottle service. Keep it classy, people.

[Photo: Juanedc]

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American and Delta Say Sayonara to Duty-Free, and That's a Good Thing

March 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

In-flight duty-free is nearly dunzo.

At some point last week, American Airlines unceremoniously ended in-flight sales of duty-free items, removing the sticky catalogs from seatback pockets, shutting down the duty-free website, and canceling that time when, in the calm middle of the flight, flight attendants ask if you'd like to spend $75 on a run-of-the-mill bottle of scotch.

While the reason for the cancellation isn't clear—frequent flyers around the internet have rumored that it's a contractual disagreement—we do know that American isn't the first to put the products back on the shelf. In August of last year, Delta did the exact same thing, quietly calling it quits on their in-flight duty-free.

We've gotten over the shock after the Delta news, and realize it's not such a huge issue since airports and other international airlines aren't giving up their own duty-free.

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Yes, You Can Totally Buy and Fly with a Live Lobster at Halifax International Airport

Where: Halifax, NS, Canada
September 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

"Security will accept lobsters as a carry-on piece."

When was the last time you heard that an airport? It's a daily occurrence at Nova Scotia's Halifax Stanfield International Airport, where the local specialties shop Clearwater stocks a tank of live lobster ready and willing to enjoy the overhead bin on your next flight out.

Purchase a pincher (live at $8.99/lb, cooked at $9.49/ln) and add a carry-on box complete with ice packs ($7 carry-on, $9 checked), and bring home why may possibly be the best last-minute souvenir from the Canadian maritimes. It sure beats a tiny, 3oz jug of maple syrup.

Find Clearwater before security, just to the left of the security check for Canada-bound flights.

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Duty-Free is Dunzo on Delta

August 8, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you flew Delta yesterday on an international flight and wondered why the usual push for duty-free shopping didn't happen, the explanation is simple: Delta stopped offering it, effective last night.

This means no more Toblerone, Chivas Regal, watches from supposed luxury brands you've never heard of, and pens inexplicably filled with Swarovski crystals; the duty-free catalog and mid-flight soft sell are done away with on Delta, and it's all due to disagreement with its duty free vendor, DFASS.

RunwayGirlNetwork was first with the news yesterday evening, and also offers further insight:

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What Everyone's Buying on Christmas Island: Cheap Liquor and Special Stamps

April 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

As you may have already gathered from our previous posts, Christmas Island has a good lot to offer when it comes to nature, beaches, diving, and endemic species. When it comes to souvenirs, however, the island runs a bit dry unless you're looking for crab toys, crab t-shirts or books about crabs. So the majority of visitors, both long- and short-term, opt to head to the island's supermarket and its duty-free liquor variety.

The selection is excellent, including even "traveler edition" flavors of Absolut, and prices are half that of mainland Australia, so wine and liquor is a huge score for those wanting to imbibe without breaking the bank.

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Toblerone, the Undisputed King of Duty-Free Impulse Buys

November 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

Next time you're flying into or out of Barcelona, you'll want to reach for a few sweet sticks of Swiss Toblerone chocolate. No, really; you'll actually be subconsciously sold on the stuff, as an entire section of Barcelona El Prat Airport's duty-free shop has been converted into a golden altar to the awesomeness of Toblerone, all to promote the newly designed packaging featuring a Gaudi-influenced Barcelona design.

For as long as we can remember, Toblerone has been king of duty-free. Whereas airports on tiny Caribbean islands may push their handmade crafts and massive airports of Asian metropoli stock themselves to the gills with designer perfumes, there's one thing they'll both have in common: the availability of Toblerone.

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Video Interlude: A Time-Lapse Trip on Scandinavia's Ultra Fancy, Duty-Free Ferry

Where: Finland
February 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you think cruise shops are pretty fancy, then you haven't stepped onboard a Scandinavian ferry. Indeed, ferries aren't what they used to be—they're so much better, as musty waiting room-like spaces are being replaced with comfortable lounges, entertainment spaces and even airport-style shopping.

The latter is the highlight of the crossing between Stockholm, Sweden and Turku, Finland onboard the Viking Line ferry M/S Grace. The boat stops in Marihamn, a port town which sits pretty on the Åland Islands between the two Baltic Sea cities. These islands are one of those weird territories travelers love to visit, as they have their own government, flag, stamps and patriotism, but still come under some jurisdiction of another country (Finland, in this case). The draw for the ferries and their duty-free shops is that these boats are exempt from Europe's VAT tax. It's literally a booze cruise—buying it, not so much consuming it.

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A $39,000 Bottle of Whiskey Becomes a Simple Souvenir

Where: Maldives
October 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re hanging out in the Maldives then you are probably already somewhat of a high roller—or you are just really good at collecting those frequent flyer miles. That’s why it doesn’t really surprise us that travelers heading to and through the country’s main airport are faced with big-ticket items in the duty-free shop.

Just like plenty of other airports across the globe there’s a decent selection of luxury goodies at Malé International Airport. One thing that sets this airport apart is the price tags, and they have a bottle of The Balvenie Fifty—a fancy whisky—that sells for roughly $39,000.

Well, we guess we should say they did have this in stock, as apparently a passenger heading to China threw down some cash to take it home only a few days after the bottle of booze hit the shelves. We don’t know if there’s a world record for most expensive duty-free purchase, but this has got to be in the running. We could probably buy this whole machine—cigarettes included—for less than this single bottle.

[Photo of a different whisky: Ethan Prater]

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The Cutest Duty-Free Kiosk This Side of Asia

October 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

No, this airplane-shaped Duty Free kiosk isn't in Hong Kong airport or even Seoul-Incheon (though its adorableness would suggest that). We spotted it just yesterday at New York-JFK before heading out on Lufthansa flight 401, an A380 which would give even this tubby jet a run for its money.

We would dare you not to be tempted into buying something from it, but alas it's completely filled with cigarette cartons.

Sad face.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Duty-Free Shopping Must-Haves: Airline Exclusives

September 21, 2012 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.

Most airlines have a thorough understanding that including some exclusive merchandise in their duty-free catalog will prompt passengers to hand over their cards in exchange for the unique products. In our travels, we have come across a number of items that we had to take a second to think if we actually needed it or had enough room in our carry on. Here are some highlights from our mile high shopping.

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Duty-Free Shopping Must-Haves: Child's Play

September 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.

Next time your are on an international flight, don't forget about the littlest frequent flyers on your souvenir list. Most duty-free trollies have enough plush animals and plane toys to stock a Toys-R-Us. Long live the days when children were happy with with a set of plastic wings and a visit to the cockpit. Here's some of our favorite options:

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