Frequent travelers know it costs money to fly, even beyond tickets and hotels, because even bottled water and beer are ridiculously expensive at airports. However, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to change that.
The straw that broke the camel's back was reflected in a tweet from the summer of 2021, when one social media user shared a screenshot of an electronic menu taken from an airport bar. It showed a Sam Adams Summer Ale Draught going for $27.85, while a side of French fries cost $10.90.
These audits have resulted in a 35-page set of policy guidelines for New York and New Jersey airports, including a maximum limit on concession prices — "local street prices" plus 10%. Concessions are now also required to offer cheaper food and beverage choices, and national chains will set prices in accordance with locations outside of the airport.