|Travelers are arriving early since Sept. 11 and amusing themselves on slot machines. Revenues are up by half-a-million dollars, the Las Vegas Sun reports.|
McCarran is unique among major U.S. airports because slot machines sit by departure gates. and in airport concourses. 'That machine right there,' said 59-year-old Adolph Oritz with a grin, 'It's saying, 'Adolph, come here!' He is due on a flight to San Jose, California.
Travelers arrive earlier to clear stricter security and to buy food because they are not going to be fed on the airplane. 'Previously, where people would go out and have a latte, now they're having lunch,' said Bob Parker, spokesman for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport In Washington state. 'They've got more time.''Once they have their boarding pass in hand, people are looking for amenities to relieve stress,' said Sheldon Klapper,president of the Center for Airport Management, a firm in in Portland, that tracks business at 30 airports around the country. He blames increases in fear of flying and an airport 'hassle factor' since Sept. 11.
Even though 1.5 million fewer passengers passed through the Las Vegas Airport in the last three months of 2001, compared with the year before, McCarran raked in $8.5 million in slot revenues, which is $473,618 more than the year before.
Not all airports are seeing an increase in concessions. At Logan International Airport in Boston, retaiil and restuarant businesses have suffered. 'People don't have time to shop. They're standing in security lines,' said Phil Orlandella, spokesman for the Massacheusetts Port Authority.