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UK airport flyers may get ‘grocery boxes’ upon return

Service could be the first of its kind

How often have you come home from a long holiday to find you have nothing edible in your fridge or pantry? We’re guessing almost every time. 


To save its travellers from this annoying dilemma, and to stave off a trip to the grocery store as soon as they get home, Edinburgh Airport is considering introducing giving grocery boxes to passengers as they return home from holiday. 



The airport’s bosses are currently asking flyers what packs should include among bread, milk, shortbread and Scottish favourite Irn Bru (a soft drink), the Edinburgh Evening News reported. And packs, if introduced, could be tailored to arrival times to cater for breakfasts or dinners.


“We’re always seeking ways to improve our passenger experience,” said an Edinburgh Airport spokesman. 


“The grocery box is one of a number of things we are looking at to make the return home that little bit easier.” 


With interest being gauged across social media, and a decision on the proposal expected within months, passengers will have to pay for the service. But it is the convenience of the service that could win travellers over.


“One of the first stops for returning passengers can be the local shop for everyday essentials such as bread, milk, fruit and even home comforts such as shortbread or soft drinks,” the spokesperson said.


“We thought this was something we could arrange for their return and have it waiting for them so they can focus on getting home as soon as possible.” 


Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association’s Joanne Dooey called the idea a brilliant one.


“I don’t know why it hasn’t been thought of before,” she remarked. 


“It takes the strain out of returning home after an extended break as not everyone has family who can fill their fridge. 


“I’ve travelled the world and I can’t think of another airport that offers this.”


What do you think of the idea?


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 October 2018

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