Airports: A Guide to Jet-Age Bazaars

From makeshift booths where travelers could pick up whisky or cigarettes, duty-free shops at international airports have blossomed within a few years into bazaars of the jet age. Bargain-hunting is now one of the expected rewards of a flight abroad, and as the travel season begins in earnest with the coming of June, it will be the source of rich business for airport authorities, who usually lease the shops to private entrepreneurs. The goods that they offer are as varied as diamonds at Amsterdam's Schiphol, fur hats ($10 to $75) at Moscow's Sheremetyevo, and what one experienced traveler describes...

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