The Balearic government party Podemos now wants to put a stop to this. It demands that passengers no longer be forced to walk through the sales area. The party considers the existing regulation "inadmissible" and "ridiculous", writes the Mallorca Bulletin sister newspaper "Última Hora".
"It is unacceptable that families in a public infrastructure are forced to cross an entire area where harmful products such as tobacco and alcohol are sold," Iván Sevillano of the Council of Mallorca is quoted as saying. Particularly vulnerable groups such as children and minors should not come into contact with products such as alcohol and tobacco and should be protected from them, the statement continues. Therefore, AENA, the Spanish operating company, should create an alternative for the future, demands the Podemos party. So it could be that the footpaths for travellers at Palma airport will change soon.
The party will introduce a motion to this effect in the plenary session of the Council of Mallorca this week. It is also calling for controls to be put in place so that, for example, children and young people are no longer exposed to tobacco and alcohol advertising. Son Sant Joan Airport is used by millions of travellers every year, it cannot be that they are forced to go through the duty free area. It should be an individual decision of each person and not the main and only way to the gates, the Mallorca daily "Última Hora" quotes Iván Sevillano, who is the Podemos candidate for the presidency of the Council of Mallorca.
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I'm with Stan on this one. My beef is that the walk smells like a stroll through a brothel. It smells like every wife, girlfriend, waitress, or any other woman I've ever known are in the same room at the same time and hot on my trail. Disconcerting.
I detest being forced to go through the PERFUME GARDEN I have lung problems and have difficulty breathing in the fog of perfumes. It is such a relief to get passed all of those sales areas.
Personally, I'd prefer an alternative to passing through the sales gauntlet (I never buy anything there anyway because it's much too expensive). But I also think it's rather cheeky to politicise it. Politicians should focus on real issues, not stuff like this. For me, it's an indication that they refuse to see the forest for the trees. Ideology isn't going to make things better.
These politicians are insulting to those that pass through the airport. What is being sold is not duty free nor are these products illegal The bottles and boxes of cigarettes on display do not effect any person or incline them to undertake the consumption of these products. Children show no interested in these products and the staff do not push these products to children nor adults for that matter. Any purchaser is not allowed to consume these products at the airport or on the aircraft. The food products sold at the airport are most probably much more dangerous to children and adults These politicians need to drop their saintly halos as their piety is false unless they are devout Muslims.
Zoltan TeglasBut we live in a consumer society. No escape My regional and the new Berlin Brandenburg the same.straight after security. Amsterdam airport is like a shopping centre. Obviously the old duty frees had attraction. Today it’s just another way to part folk from their cash .
It always reminds me of a giant fishing net, to catch first timers and families with kids. I detest the walkaround.
As if these people care about the welfare of children.
'We are not all impressionable vacuums without free will' I'm not sure about that. Big business doesn't spend millions on advertising for no reason. And a lot of research and thought has gone into exactly where to place items in supermarkets and now airports. We should be free to not have to walk through a glorified shopping mall. If people want to go to these place fine. If they don't they shouldn't be forced to walk through them
Along with so many other airports, walking through the main shop after security is too much a revenue earner. Possibly help subsides airline landing and handling fees.
Up to the individual.. We are not all impressionable vacuums without free will. With exception of a few items most products at PMI along with most airports outlets it’s cheaper to buy the same at U.K. supermarkets. Particularly the United distillery products. But it gives folk something to do at the airport.