The Secret Trick Airports Use to Make You Spend More

Some last-minute souvenir shopping? It's not because you forgot.
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An airport is a bit of a magical place. It is where you get to consume IPAs at 7 a.m. like it's a totally normal thing to do, eat a gourmet burger at 7:30 and jet off to anywhere in the world you desire.

But there's so much we don't know about these places, like; what's behind all the no entry doors, how do all the bags make it to the right plane and why do all airport corridors slope slightly to the left?

OK, so you may not have even thought about that last one, because really, why would youbut once you think about it, you won't be able to un-see it the next time you're waiting in a terminal.

According to consulting company Intervistas, the airport curve is realand it's there for a reason.

"More sales are generated if a walkway curves from right to left with more merchandise and space on the right side because passengers are looking right while (perhaps unconsciously) walking left," Mental Floss reports.

Basically, because most of us are right-handed, we instinctively will look to the right while we're walking to the left and probably buy more things.

From: Cosmo UK


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Jess Edwards
The only thing I love more than spending all of my money on clothes is singing along to musicals at parties. Neither are very good for my social life.When not doing either of these things, you'll most likely find me abroad, posting pictures of my feet on the beach or my cocktail in a pineapple. Not annoying at all.
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