'Marmite amnesty' takes place at London City airport
Your days of sneaking Marmite through London City Airport’s security processes are numbered! Recently at LCA, a “Marmite amnesty” has been declared, as the popular condiment is becoming confiscated from luggage more and more often at the London Airport.
But alas, there isn’t a total ban on the stuff, LCA will continue to spread the Marmite love by offering passengers a chance to swap any 100ml+ sized jars that they would otherwise attempt to take through security, for a travel friendly 70g miniature. The amnesty has already begun and will continue until Monday (31 July), but could resume, should the airport see positive results.
Can you believe that London City Airport claim that Marmite is the most frequently seized branded food product at their security facilities?!
They are using this amnesty to highlight prohibited items to passengers during one of the busiest periods of the year. The urge comes after a report addressing that 1 in 8 UK passengers are forced to remove a prohibited item from their hand luggage after it did not meet aviation or immigration rules.
Back to the Marmite though! Alternatively, you can purchase the new £1 style jars in Co-op, Poundworld, Poundland, Poundstretcher, Boots airport stores and Caledonian Foods across the UK. The best bit? It’s perfect size to fit in a lunchbox, handbag or more appropriately, the luggage you put in the hold!
Melanie Burnley, director of customer experience at London City Airport said; “With 4.5 million passengers travelling through our doors each year, we see all kinds of weird and wonderful restricted items, including Marmite,” She went on to say “The Marmite swap is a temporary but popular addition which means that whether you love it or hate it, you’ll still be able to get your Marmite fix.”
And don’t worry, food waste should be the yeast of your worries! The confiscated jars that don't pass security requirements are all donated by LCA to local charity Community Food Enterprise, for distribution to smaller charities in local communities.
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