Price shock at the airport: Man stunned by bill for shrimp sandwich and beer

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.02 - 2023 12:43 PM CET

Man stunned by bill for shrimp sandwich and beer.

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Johan couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the bill for his shrimp sandwich and beer at Landvetter Airport in Sweden. The cost, which amounted to SEK 422 or approximately $47, sparked outrage on social media.

It's no secret that airport prices are often higher than elsewhere, but this bill for a simple meal was considered excessive.

The incident was brought to light by Johan Javeus, a senior economist at SEB, who shared it on social media, specifically on a platform formerly known as Twitter.

"Ok, hard to be shocked by how much things cost these days, but this one is hard to beat. A regular shrimp sandwich and a regular beer at Landvetter Airport... 422 SEK!!!," he wrote.

Javeus' post has since gone viral, garnering more than 2,800 'likes' and 532 comments. The reactions range from those who see it as a sad reality of airport life to those who would rather starve than pay such prices.

"I'd rather starve to death," commented Mathias Sundin.

While Javeus has refrained from commenting further to the media, his post has ignited a broader discussion about prices in Swedish airports and whether they are unjustifiably high. Swedavia, the Swedish airport operator, responded to the post, stating that airport prices should not be more than 10% higher than similar products in the city, according to their latest consumer survey.

Do you think food and drinks are to expensive at airports?