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Anyone Else Hate the Onboard "Duty Free" Wake-Up Call?

Anyone Else Hate the Onboard "Duty Free" Wake-Up Call?

Old Oct 17, 16, 1:24 pm
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Anyone Else Hate the Onboard "Duty Free" Wake-Up Call?

So this always seems to happen to me:
I’m in an aisle in E+ on a transatlantic flight.
Meal service is over, cabin lights are off, drifting off to sleep
And then a flight attendant comes up the aisle calling “Duty Free” and holding the magazine with a flashlight pointing at it.

The guy on my IAD-ZRH last week was like a drill sergeant barking “DUTY FREE! DUTY FREE! DUTY FREE!” so loud I couldn't believe it.

Why does UA even bother with this? In dozens and dozens of trans-atlantics I have never seen anyone buy anything, so purchase volume must be way low.
And doesn’t the fuel burn from carrying the extra weight offset any small gain they make?

Please United, let me sleep!
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Old Oct 17, 16, 1:29 pm
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Originally Posted by shdflyer View Post
So this always seems to happen to me:
I’m in an aisle in E+ on a transatlantic flight.
Meal service is over, cabin lights are off, drifting off to sleep
And then a flight attendant comes up the aisle calling “Duty Free” and holding the magazine with a flashlight pointing at it.

The guy on my IAD-ZRH last week was like a drill sergeant barking “DUTY FREE! DUTY FREE! DUTY FREE!” so loud I couldn't believe it.

Why does UA even bother with this? In dozens and dozens of trans-atlantics I have never seen anyone buy anything, so purchase volume must be way low.
And doesn’t the fuel burn from carrying the extra weight offset any small gain they make?

Please United, let me sleep!
i agree, it is ridiculous, especially on those brutally short east coast TATL flights.

if they insist on continuing to do it, it would be more civil if they did it after the breakfast service.
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Old Oct 17, 16, 2:35 pm
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Ear plugs and/or noise canceling headset (and some smoothing background music) are key essentials for any flight involving sleeping. And eye shades.

Never leave home without them.
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Old Oct 17, 16, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by PV_Premier View Post
i agree, it is ridiculous, especially on those brutally short east coast TATL flights.

if they insist on continuing to do it, it would be more civil if they did it after the breakfast service.
I don't think it's practical to do duty-free sales at the end of the flight since the purser must do duty free paperwork before landing.
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Old Oct 17, 16, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Ear plugs and/or noise canceling headset (and some smoothing background music) are key essentials for any flight involving sleeping. And eye shades.
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True, but my ear plugs were almost useless for the Drill Sergeant yelling "DUTY FREE!"
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Old Oct 17, 16, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by shdflyer View Post
...purchase volume must be way low.
And doesn’t the fuel burn from carrying the extra weight offset any small gain they make?

Please United, let me sleep!
Agree with annoyance, although for me it's been less bad (luck of the draw, heavier sleeper, who knows).

Am curious about the cost/revenue equation for performing inflight Duty Free. Don't forget the missed opportunity to carry other revenue-generating cargo in place of Duty Free stuff. Though maybe not much.
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