Culinary no-no #735


A couple of years ago (2019) on National Beer Lover’s Day Milwaukee’s Mitchell International posted a picture of a great deal inside the airport. Take a look. A 12-pack for $28, about $2.33/can

Nothing special like that these days at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark airports.

Last summer, the company that operates food and beverage concessions at the airports, OTG, got blasted on Twitter by travelers outraged over a $27.85 Sam Adams Summer Ale and a $10.90 order of fries.

“It’s just Sam Adams Summer Ale — that’s insane!” said Cooper Lund, 32, of Brooklyn, who discovered the expensive 23-ounce brew at an airport Biergarten restaurant while flying from LaGuardia to visit family in Minnesota. 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ordered that a full audit be conducted of concession prices.

Here’s how the authority tries to, ahem, toe the line on excessive pricing. A policy was instituted in 2020 that caps what airport concessionaires can charge to 10% over the street price for food and beverages. The new guideline went into effect when the authority increased the minimum wage for airport workers employed by contractors.

“Oh my goodness, I thought it was going to be $2.50,” said Emily Fishman, 75, after paying $4 for a 12-ounce bottle of Minute Maid orange juice at a JFK food court during a layover on a flight to Israel. “They’ve got you, they know you don’t have a choice.”

“I paid $8 for two Fantas, that’s a ripoff,” said Felipe Rodriguez, 61, who flew into JFK from Puerto Rico. “It’s not like this is freshly squeezed juice — it’s Fanta!”

The excuse offered by a spokesperson for the businesses? The prices were “incorrectly posted” and “quickly corrected.”

THE CITY, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, digital news platform in New York, did some comparison shopping. The airports came off looking as gougers in the final results.

At a NYC Aglow by Hudson newsstand/convenience store inside Terminal B at LaGuardia, a five and a half-ounce tin of Pringles potato chips sells for $5.99, while an 11.5 ounce bottle of Simply Lemonade goes for $4.69 and a five-ounce bag of Kettle Corn Popcorners can be had for $5.49.

At the Pronto Lotto and Vape convenience store in Flushing, the Pringles are priced at $2.50, with the Simply Lemonade bottle at $2.75. The Kettle Corn Popcorners, meanwhile, are $2.99 at the Saanvi Food Mart in Flushing.

At the Long Island Express Deli across from the AirTrain station in Jamaica, a 20-ounce bottle of soda sells for $1.75 — compared with $3.89 at a Hudson News in Terminal 1 at JFK. While a bottle of Dasani water is $3.69 at that same airport newsstand, it goes for $1.75 in Jamaica.

BTW, the cost of a beer at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets: $11.75. At Yankee Stadium, it’s $6.

So, what’s being done about the highway robbery at the airports, you ask? Here’s the latest.


ICYMI, Culinary no-no #734

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