Airports are so adept at encouraging unwitting passengers to part with their money that they have been dubbed ‘shopping malls with runways’. Photo: Alamy

Five ways airports get us to spend money – they have been carefully designed that way

  • Exhaustive studies have shaped the ‘airside’ environment into one that taps into our consumer subconscious
  • Higher efficiency and less stress puts passengers in the holiday (spending) mood, even if those duty-free ‘bargains’ are cheaper at home
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Airports are so adept at encouraging unwitting passengers to part with their money that they have been dubbed ‘shopping malls with runways’. Photo: Alamy
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