Government now asking airport shops to pass on savings
We talked about airport shops doing you out of money, and now, the government have actually noticed. No, honestly.
Government people are now joining in the complaints that are saying airport shops need to cut their prices after it turned out they weren't passing on VAT discounts to passengers.
Treasury minister, David Gauke, said: "The VAT relief at airports is intended to reduce prices for travellers, not as a windfall gain for shops. While many retailers do pass this saving on to customers, it is disappointing that some are choosing not to."
"We urge all airside retailers to use this relief for the benefit of their customers."
Of course, you can urge businesses all you want and they still might not listen. Obviously, to make something happen, you need to threaten them with something. As yet, no-one at the government is promising to do anything official, other than moan about it and hope that businesses have a sense of fairness.
Steve Baker, a Conservative member of the Treasury select committee, echoed the sentiment of being diddled out of pennies, saying that passengers were being "ripped off", adding: "Consumers are entitled to expect that tax savings will be passed to them rather than become another addition to the bottom line for companies."
"I always thought that showing a boarding pass was an official requirement."
The boarding pass issue focuses on the fact that airport shops ask to see your boarding card, even though it isn't an actual requirement. Basically, the only reason airport shops ask to look at them, is so them can use them to claim VAT relief on all sales relating to people who are travelling outside the EU.
Seeing as it isn't a legal requirement for passengers to show their boarding cards when buying stuff at airports, next time you're in one, try telling them that you're not prepared to show them and see what happens.