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Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Luton Airport - off their trolley.

I'm not sure I can think of a more cynical money-making scheme - or possibly, even a bit pointless? (if fractions of pointlessness are possible).

Luton Airport have started charging a pound for the use of the luggage trolleys that had, until recently, been freely available. This is not like the supermarkets, where the coin is returned once the trolley is reunited with its siblings - no, you don't get your money back.

So, why are they doing it? Are they finding that their trolley population is dwindling? I very much doubt it, since - and I know this for a fact, living on the estate that lies closest to the airport - I doubt anyone would be keen to wheel them for 25 minutes (at a healthy pace) to get there.. and surely cattle-grid traps like they use in supermarkets would be much more effective at keeping them close to their natural home?

They still need to pay the collectors - but surely that's all part and parcel of running the place; are they considering equipping the waste-bin emptiers with donation boxes and totalizers? "Sorry.. can't empty this until I get a tenner.." And I think, given that it's a captive audience, they'd have a riot on their hands if the toilets became cash-only.

And I have concluded - that's what it is: exploitation of a captive audience. When people have no other option, and let's face it, not every piece of luggage has wheels, or tesselates well, they will put their hands in their pockets, or swipe their credit cards(!) for the benefit of saving some backache.

I would, therefore, in no way suggest there be attempts to set a record for how far it would be possible to dispatch one of these trolleys, but on reflection, hey.. take your very own luggage trolley home for a mere pound! Bargain.

Posted by james at August 27, 2008 9:44 PM

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