Airport retailers face a dismal end to the year as recent airport security crackdowns are expected to deter travellers from purchasing last minute duty-free goods.
The crackdown on security follows the failed terrorist attack on Christmas Day on a Northwest Airlines flight flying from Amsterdam to Detroit.
Passengers boarding US-bound flights are now only allowed to take one item of hand luggage which includes duty free according to Times Online.
Airlines including British Airways, Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic have announced that there will be restrictions on hand baggage but are offering passengers the option to extra hold baggage free of charge.
The Independent reported that airlines have also warned passengers headed for the US that gift-wrapped presents will have to be unwrapped at the airport.If tighter restrictions on hand baggage are implemented, it will undoubtedly hurt the already suffering travel retail sector which has had to deal with limits on liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs).
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L