Air travel is fun, but it can set you back a bit, especially if you eat at the airport. The last time I flew, which was back in August for the Resurgent Gathering in Austin (you really should come to Atlanta for this year’s Gathering, by the way), I paid nearly twice as much for a Chick-fil-A biscuit and a Coke as I would have on the outside. Heck, I couldn’t even use my Chick-fil-A app to pay for my breakfast!
Full disclosure here: I don’t fall into the camp of breathlessly covering everything Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does and says, but I’ll take the opportunities to make fun of somebody when I can. And apparently AOC, as everyone is fond of calling her, has just picked up on one of the truisms of modern life: airport food cost a lot.
Not only is she new to the expensive airport concessions game, but she’s also using it to push for a ridiculously high minimum wage:
She reminds me of the Jerry Seinfeld routine about the price of airport food:
Do you think that the people at the airport that run the stores have any idea what the prices are every place else in the world? Or do you think they just feel they have their own little country out there and they can charge anything they want? You’re hungry? Tuna sandwich is nine dollars. You don’t like it; go back to your own country. I think the whole airport airline complex is a huge scam just to sell the tuna sandwiches. I think that profit is what’s supporting the whole air travel industry. I mean think about it; the terminals, the airplanes, it’s all just a distraction so that you don’t notice the beating that you’re taking on the tuna.
So griping about the cost of airport food is nothing new. Of course, Seinfeld didn’t use his complaint to advocate for hard left economic policies, but it doesn’t take an alleged economics degree to see that eating at the airport is going to be expensive.
But here’s the thing: Ocasio-Cortez isn’t even right about the price of croissants at LaGuardia!
Raising the minimum wage even further would only drive up the cost of her precious LaGuardia croissants. And who really wants a croissant from the airport when you can have a Chick-fil-A biscuit anyway?
Say what you want about AOC and her attention-grabbing antics. But at the end of the day, she advocates for dangerous policies that she doesn’t consider the ramifications of, which makes her following and influence pretty scary indeed – more frightening than paying for an airport croissant.