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$27 for a beer?  Port Authority limits drink prices at airport ‘totally indefensible’

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It started with a Tweeter blasting an airport menu showing sky-high beer prices ranging from $13.05 to $27.85.

Then there was a story in The City. Today, nearly a year later, following an investigation by the Office of Inspector General, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has established new “street for its airport concessions.

“Based on a detailed review of dealership records, the OIG determined that a total of 25 customers were charged totally indefensible amounts of $23 or $27 (depending on size) for a beer,” said a press release announcing the results of the investigation. “The OIG further confirmed that, as a corrective action, the dealership contacted all 25 customers and refunded the entire check for their order.”

The Port Authority, which owns LaGuardia, JFK, Newark, Stewart and Teterboro airports, changed its airport concession pricing guidelines in July 2020 to allow suppliers to add a 10% surcharge called a “COVID recovery fee.” .

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That markup remains in effect, but the bi-state agency announced further changes to its street pricing guidelines.

They include:

  • Stricter guidelines for comparing prices to other retailers in the area

  • Better documentation of procedures and standards

  • Require dealers to perform quarterly checks on their 40 most popular items

  • Require the port authority to carry out random checks

  • Create a clear process on how to deal with discrepancies

Customers who suspect price violations are encouraged to report them via social media by identifying the affected airport: @EWRAirport, @JFKAirport, @LGAAirport.

Colleen Wilson covers the Port Authority and NJ Transit for For unlimited access to his work covering the region’s transport systems and how they affect your travels, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.


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This article originally appeared on $27 beer prompts new ‘street’ pricing at Port Authority airports

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