Airport VAT row: customers threaten not to show boarding passes
Retailers face passenger revolt after Treasury minister said some were not passing on to consumers savings from VAT relief for international travellers
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Shops at airports are facing a consumer revolt over claims that retailers are asking customers to show boarding cards to avoid paying VAT without passing discounts on to customers.
I’m certainly not showing my boarding pass to airport retailers. What message must this send to tourists? Rip-off Britain?
@WHSmith so it’s impossible to charge two different prices at an airport? With an electronic till? I’d suggest trying slightly harder
@WHSmith Impossible for you to have dual pricing in airports? You do already if you pay VAT on EU flights & not elsewhere. One giant scam.
@skynews whsmith self service require a boarding pass to scan-otherwise you can’t buy it-more expensively than the high Street.
oh to fly somewhere again so I can enjoy the small pleasure of refusing to show my boarding pass when I buy essentials at Boots and Smiths
Quite looking forward to refusing to show my boarding pass at WH Smiths or boots when I go to the airport next week
@WHSmith going through Heathrow this morning. Following VAT revelations in news this morning,in your stores do I HAVE to give boarding pass?
@Laconic_doc next time they ask in Heathrow WH Smith or Boots I will refuse and tell them they have no legal right to ask for boarding pass
@BBCBreakfast I declined to show boarding pass at Dixons, LGW last month. Was told ‘it is the law’ – would not process sale without it.
@Peston I bought a bottle of water at Gatwick airport and questioned why I had to show my boarding pass in Boots. They were not impressed.
Source: Guardian Transport