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  1. Airport booze ain’t going nowhere: anything that can command a 700% markup will find a way to survive.

  2. I would have thought the case in favor of allowing alcohol (in airports/flying/wherever) is simple and obvious: it brings a huge amount of pleasure to a huge number of people. On any plausible overall measure (which is what an overall restriction has to be assessed against) these positive consequences surely swamp the negative consequences. No?

  3. I agree with the first poster—- my $14 Stella last night in the lovely environs of Oakland Terminal 2, unable to see the bar TV’s baseball game and with Chili’s telling us that any food ordered would take “45 minutes” is plenty of evidence that this booze is sustaining the contracts for the airport.

  4. One could make the same argument for just about anything at airports. Y ban people on terrorist lists? Only a very small amount of people on those lists have brought flown planes into buildings. Y outlaw guns on planes, I’m sure there have been very few shootings on airplanes. Y ban smoking on a plane, I’m sure very few passengers will get cancer from a 3 hour flight on a plane where smoking is allowed he’ll I bet the air in my city is worse than cigarette smoke.

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