Port Authority Will Regulate Airport Food and Drink Prices After Travelers Report $27 Beers
Pint of beer and people queuing in the background at the airport.
The Port Authority is tightening pricing standards at three New York City airports after reports of airport restaurants charging $27 for a pint of beer.
A tweet last summer revealing an expensive beer at LaGuardia Airport prompted new Port Authority guidelines on pricing not only at LaGuardia Airport, but also at John F. Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport, reports nj.com.
The July 2021 tweet was posted by Cooper Lund, a traveler passing through LaGuardia Airport. It showed an image of the drinks menu in the beer garden in Terminal C. In the image, the beers were priced differently, with the Sam Adams Summer Ale costing more than $27. This complaint led to an investigation by the Port Authority.
The investigation revealed that this was not the only traveler to experience the pricey drink costs. According to a review by the Office of Inspector General, a total of 25 people were asked to pay more than $27 for a beer - a price the Port Authority called "unreasonable".
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Port Authority officials report that these 25 customers were contacted and received a refund for their entire check.
The findings resulted in a 35-page guideline for the Port Authority, clarifying that concession costs must reflect local 'street prices' with a maximum surcharge of 10%. In addition, the new rules require vendors to offer lower-priced food and drinks.
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Other pricing policies in the Port Authority's new rules require vendors to justify branded store prices with other store locations (e.g., Starbucks at N.Y.C.-area airports must compare their prices with nearby non-airport Starbucks locations). . Non-branded businesses will submit awards from three similar stores in the region to justify their costs.
In addition to scheduled and random on-site inspections by the Port Authority, officials are asking travelers who suspect JFK, LGA or EWR cost overruns to report them on social media and flag the airport where this is occurring.
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