Breaking Down The List Of Most Popular Items Sold At Airports

CNN:  It turns out people’s top priority in an airport, besides making their flight, is staying hydrated. Despite the high price of bottled water at the gate, it’s the number one item purchased in Hudson’s travel essential stores in the United States. Hudson Group is North America’s largest travel retailer, with more than 950 stores in airports and transportation terminals. The company recently released a list of the top 10 items sold last year and there’s a clear winner. Beverages are king — taking eight of the 10 slots. …

Here’s how it breaks down, by units sold:
1. Dasani bottled water (20 oz)
2. Glaceau Smartwater (20 oz)
3. Large Dasani (one liter)
4. Glaceau Smartwater (one liter)
5. Glaceau Smartwater (23.8 oz)
6. Diet Coke (20 oz)
7. Coca-Cola (20 oz)
8. M&M Peanut king-size
9. Coca-Cola Zero (20 oz)
10. The Wall Street Journal
The most popular newspapers were “The Wall Street Journal,” followed by the “New York Post,” “The New York Times” and “USA Today.”
Favorite magazines were “US Weekly,” “In Touch,” “The Economist,” “Life & Style,” “Star,” “Vanity Fair” and “OK.”

Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” topped the list of books, followed by Chris Kyle’s “American Sniper” and Malcolm Gladwell’s “David and Goliath.” …


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Dasani is the worst water out there, and everyone knows it.  I would imagine the reason it gets bought more than Smart Water is because it sells for a third of the price.  And rightfully so because it’s trash.  I can’t think of one specific instance of ever choosing Dasani over any other water.  It doesn’t get worse than Dasani.  Even Acquafina scoffs at Dasani.  Smart Water is the only choice at the airport.  I’m Team Voss until the day I die, but it’s nothing against Smart Water.  I don’t know why airports don’t sell Poland Spring, that’s the universal standard for water bottles as far as I know.  But when push comes to shove, it’s either Smart Water or no water for me.

It amazes me how many people drink diet soda.  Everywhere I go I see two people ordering diet to every one ordering regular.  Diet soda is disgusting.  It tastes like flat soda with a third of its carbonation missing.  Hardly tastes like soda at all.  And Coke is the king of the sodas.  You cannot beat the classic, timeless, Coca Cola.  Diet Coke is repulsive and disrespects everything that’s holy about the soda industry.  Coke Zero doesn’t even count as soda in my world.  What does that even mean?  Fuck outta here with that fugazy bullshit.

Gun to head I’d prefer regular M&Ms to Peanut M&Ms.  But for some reason I am okay with the Peanut ones being the top choice at the airport.  Maybe it’s that subconscious association of peanuts with airplanes.  Nuts are kind of a staple when flying right?  If the flight attendant doesn’t pass out Honey Roasted Peanuts, then all of a sudden you’re left disappointed, potentially hungry, and undoubtedly nutless.  If you’re not flying with some sort of nuts, pretzels, or chips, that’s a red flag and the air Marshall should have the right to a cavity search.  Pretzels are the ultimate salty travel snack.  The Big Thins are great and easy to eat, but sometimes the pretzel nuggets are the go to.  Pringles are also a great choice.  Not that I fly all that much but I’ve never traveled anywhere without Cheez-its.  Never leave home without em.  Goldfish are a solid replacement if you can’t get your hands on Cheez-its.

Wall Street Journal is a try hard move in my opinion, yet I respect the hell out of it.  I used to ride the bus back from NYC and watch Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s show Cosmos because I tricked myself into thinking that if someone else saw me watching it, they’d think “Wow that guy is so intelligent and interesting.  Makes me feel like shit for taking a nap meanwhile he’s over there learning about black holes and gravity”.  No chance that ever happened but I justified it to myself.  I’d elect a book over a newspaper but I’ve also never read the newspaper.  Dads love newspapers.  And dads love flying on planes.  Great pair.

You need one salty and one sweet snack when you fly.  My personal favorites are Cheez-Its and Pringles.  Starbursts are a good plane candy as are Skittles.  Chocolate is a little iffy but those mini kit kats are incredible.  And there’s nothing wrong with housing one of those little boxes of Chips Ahoys.  They usually sell those small boxes that are like personal sleeves, makes you feel better than eating an entire sleeve out of the big box in one sitting.  Classic.

And just for the record, Ginger Ale is the go to soda order on a plane.  Veteran move.




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