Delta abruptly drops in-flight duty free sales

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    Not something I will miss and I agree on all the potential upsides.
    X Disruption to sleep
    X Disruption to IFE

    Hopefully, savings if any trickles down to us passengers? :)
     
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    oh well...
     
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    And they were such great buys, and will be sorely missed by all! :p
     
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    Good move by DL, and I wish the other airlines followed suit. Not happy being awakened while snoozing on an overnight TATL with the announcement of duty-free sales now being available. Prices aren't much better then the duty free stores at the airport, and the added noise and commotion up and down the aisles isn't appreciated. Rather use that quiet time without the duty free sale to have all aboard get some rest or at least a quiet cabin if anyone just wants to read or watch the screen, and a couple of FA's still awake long enough to patrol the plane for people needing water or other refreshments, but quietly.

    If you really need stuff from the duty free shops, get to the airport a few minutes earlier and make your purchase then. Larger selection of brands/items anyway then from the airlines' duty free catalogs.
     
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    The same things (better selection, better quality, just get there early, etc.) can be said for in-flight meals and people riot when those are changed. Interesting to see the different take for DF.
     
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    I remember an earlier phase when there was no duty free sold on most flights. IIRC PMNW stopped doing duty free at least a couple years before the merger.
     
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    95% of the pax on my flights seem to eat the in-flight meals.

    I'd be surprised if 5% purchased DF.

    Disclaimer: I have bought DF items onboard on a couple occasions. But in general it's more of a nuisance than a benefit. I don't think I have ever bought DF at the airport.
     
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    These are spot-on observations by HMWT! Very few pax buy duty free items while in the air. But, I have also occasionally done this, for the purpose of having a gift handy upon arrival for friends or family. And I've also occasionally regretted buying a duty free item in a European airport, when I arrived home from the TATL flight to find that same item 20-30% cheaper in the US. :(

    Interestingly, there are some airports overseas (none that I know of in the US) that permit a purchase or two in a duty free airport store upon landing and entering that country. I've at times arrived at airports in the middle of the night to find the duty free stores open for this purpose.
     
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    Speaking of duty free... I'm looking for a bottle of Alexander Sky grappa... The bottle has a plane in it & is only in duty free. If any of you see please PM me, trying to get my hands on it.
     
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    Oh well!

    I will miss getting 20% off DF sales but I could source cheaper from BevMo or Total Wine most likely.
     
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    Have not been able to purchase liquor from DF shops for Delta flights. It took me a while to figure out that it was probably because of DL's in flight sales. Maybe this will now change.
     
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    :confused:

    At which airport? No way that DL was blocking the in-airport DF sales for its flights. And I have direct personal experience on that front.
     
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    Singapore Changi airport certainly have DF shops which opens 24x7.
     
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