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From the media release on guestlogix.com: The airline onboard retail industry has been growing annually at an average rate of 12.9% since 2012, and totaled more than $5 billion in sales in 2014... Basically, it works, and makes the airlines more money. If it didn't, the airlines wouldn't do it (sidenote: Qantas is going to stop doing it this month). ...


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The laws around duty-free require that you not consume duty free merchandise in the country you're buying them in. If they just handed you the bag, you could then exit the terminal and go home, evading paying duty; people would buy cheap tickets for planes they had no intention of boarding, just to get a shopping discount. By holding the merchandise until ...


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For busy executives (and other travellers) who would like to bring back a gift or present, this is heaven-sent. Also, some airlines offer exclusive items you simply cannot buy anywhere else. And it's more popular than you might think. On a recent British Airways flight out of London, my wife was disappointed when she could not purchase a certain kind of ...


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As other answers have pointed out, the mere fact that airlines still do it proves that it earns them money. But why would it make money even if most people don’t buy? You have very good conditions inside an aeroplane for perfect marketing leaving the customer at a severe disadvantage. I’ll admit that they are getting worse, especially if more airlines and ...


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To answer your question (and also limit the answer to entering Norway), Norwegian custom rules only allow you to make use of the duty free allowance once every 24 hour. Quoting from Norwegian Custom's information page on the duty free allowance: Hvis du er i utlandet kortere enn ett døgn: Ved utenlandsopphold på mindre enn ett døgn kan du én gang i ...


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It depends on the item. Alcoholic spirits (whiskey etc) and tobacco are the usual items to get, since they typically are the most heavily taxed items, so can be considerably cheaper at Duty Free than in either country. Usually you'll be able to get all of the major name-brand items, and sometimes some regional items (eg. Jenevers - Dutch gins - if in ...


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The crew come through with a trolley of merchandise - that nobody buys. I did a quick price comparison for alcohol - I live in a locale whose sin taxes are among the top 10 in the world - in the following places: In flight shopping Airport duty-free shop Local store And surprise, the in flight option was the cheapest, followed by the duty-free shop! ...


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When boarding the plane there were several others who had to pick up their sealed duty free bags (why sealed?) so it wasn't just me. No explanation was given. This is an "Official Security Bag" for duty-free purchases. From the CATSA (Canadian airport screening authority) webpage on Duty-free Purchases as Carry-on Baggage: These are sealed clear ...


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This answer only applies to the UK. tl;dr: only sometimes.  Purchasing items from export shops (formerly ‘duty free shops’). You are legally required to present your boarding pass to export shops, but most airport shops are not export shops. An export shop is a shop inside an airport that sells primarily alcohol and tobacco predominantly to passengers ...


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Since you are flying internationally, you will have to clear customs and re-check your baggage at Newark. You can carry your duty free purchase on board the Glasgow-Newark leg of your journey, and can then simply place in your checked baggage in Newark, for your onward connection. Some more information is available from the TSA website.


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Beyond that specific case, there are a number of rules that can be used to make sure duty-free allowances are difficult to abuse (not all of them might apply to any one country and some might be difficult to enforce): Time-based limit as already mentioned by others. Alternatively, the allowance can also be limited to one use "per trip" (the end of the trip ...


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I really like Mark's answer. And while certain passengers may not find value in airline shopping the fact that it is profitable for the airline should make us all happy. As long as such profit centers exist, it makes flying cheaper for the rest of us. I've not been exposed to the "trolley", but have flipped through the magazine as I was bored. Keep in ...


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Don’t remember the exact layout in Sydney, but in most airports (if not all), you can’t get to the duty-free shops without going through immigration (where applicable) and security, which you generally won’t be able to do without a boarding pass for a flight. The shop will also often require to see the boarding pass, and in some places will make a ...


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You will be able to access shops in domestic area of LED, but not Duty Free ones. You will only have access to domestic departures area in St. Petersburg airport. Of course, flight from LED to OVB is domestic. Then in Novosibirsk you will transfer to International waiting area with possibility of Duty Free shopping.


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As you're going from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 you will need to re-clear security, and your duty free liquids will not be allowed through regardless of how they are packaged. Normally the solution to this would be to put the duty free in your checked luggage after clearing customs, but given that you're on a "pre-cleared" flight you are correct in that your ...


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Yes, I was last in KL about 12 months ago, and they do deliver the duty free goods to the gate for you.


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The problem is not so much what they let you buy, but rather what they let you bring into the country without paying taxes. Whether you did pay taxes or not in the origin country is not relevant, the only thing that matters to them is if you paid taxes in India. The limit of alcohol you can bring into India without paying taxes on arrival is 2 litres. As ...


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There are two kinds of taxes you can possibly avoid buying in duty free shop: Excise tax — this typically applies to alcohol and tobacco, in some cases perfumes (also fuel and firearms, but these aren't sold in airports ;-) VAT (sales tax) — if and only if you're traveling from EU to destination out of EU. It's also possible to get VAT refund ...


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Because you don't land at the right airports. Several British airports have Duty Free on arrival, certainly Heathrow from my personal experience and I believe Manchester. I've heard of others. There is a legal issue there. Duty free shops are usually allowed to not charge duty on the assumption that the purchases will be exported. It's one reason the ...


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While I never tried to bring alcohol to Australia from Hong Kong personally, there are plenty of reports saying it's not possible. I have never seen the required duty-free sealed packages in Hong Kong on the airport. Both this report from 2012 and this one here from last year say that it's impossible. Also this here from August this year confirms that. I ...


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As far as I know Ryanair never stated that it is possible to bring on board an extra bag with the airport purchase, this is what is official. Anyway, in my personal experience it really depends on the policy applied by the airport: I'm a frequent Ryanair passenger and I only found a single Ryanair airport not allowing carrying on board the duty free shop (...


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I am not a lawyer, but from looking at the instructions to travelers by the Canadian Government, as well as from my personal experience, it seems that the following should work: You are allowed to bring items with you for your personal use when you enter Canada from the outside. This includes, for example, a laptop, or jewelry. Thus, you should not even ...


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When you don't have time to buy the items that you want at the duty free, this is very helpful. Last summer I went to Japan with my girlfriend, and she wanted to buy cigarettes at the duty free during the transfer. We didn't have enough time since we only had 45 minutes between the first and second plane, so she bought her cigarettes during the second ...


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As Newark is your entry point into the US you'll need to clear immigration and customs, which will involve collecting your checked luggage, and then re-checking your luggage and re-clearing security before catching your onward flight. As you need to re-clear security you will not be able to take any liquids with you on the domestic flight (exception the <...


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Shops normally cannot sell to tourists VAT/Duty free just because you have a plane ticket. The maximum a shop can do is sell you VAT-Free since that is a separate charge. Duties on Liquor and Cigarettes are not known to the personnel since they are applied at the manufacturer/wholeseller level so the shop cannot sell you those without charging the duty. It's ...


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All passengers arriving in the US, regardless of whether they are connecting or not, need to collect their bags and pass through US Customs with them. If you have a connecting flight you can then drop your bags for the onwards flight. This is true both for domestic and international connections. Thus you will definitely have access to your bags in DFW, ...


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I am told, the problem with them Indian customs is, you can read them boys all the rules from the book, but if they see you with more than 2 average sized (750 ml ?) alcoholic bottles, you have had it. By the book, you can carry 2 liters of alcohol : http://www.cbec.gov.in/trvler-guide_ason22may2013.pdf 3. What are the norms for the import of Alcoholic ...


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