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What Not To Buy at the Airport

by Allie Moore

Nov 11, 2019

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Tips / Travel

You’ve passed through security and still have another hour or so to kill before you need to head to your boarding gate. So what is there to do? Shop, of course! But while the stores may be a tempting and expensive way to pass the time, here are a few items better left behind than toted in your carry-on.


Anything From Duty Free

Duty-free shops are massive, brightly lit and entice visitors with free samples of perfume or even liquor. But not all is what it seems in these strategically placed stores, some even planted between security and your gate, forcing you to walk through the aisles. The only decent deal in these shops might be found in the carton of cigarettes, especially if you live in a state with high tobacco taxes.


Bottled Water

If you’re a frequent traveler (or even a one-off traveler), it’s beyond time to invest in a reusable water bottle to empty before you go through security and refill at one of the airport’s water fountains before your flight.



If you’ve waited to snag that last-minute souvenir, it’ll cost you. The prices for souvenirs at the airport are considerably higher compared with shops in town, so if you know there’s something you desperately want to bring back, try to buy it before you get to the airport.


Full Meal at a Sit-Down Restaurant

Rather than overspending for a mediocre meal at a chain restaurant, pack your own food and snack at your gate or on the plane. Most food is allowed through security, so long as it abides by the liquid regulations.


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