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The upside of flight delays—for airport retailers

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Ready for takeoff? Give it a few hours.

The last few weeks have seen frustrated travelers stuck at airports, constantly refreshing their inboxes for an update on when (or if) their flights would leave amid a run of bad weather and staff shortages.

December 31 alone recorded at least 8,650 delays worldwide, per data tracking service FlightAware, while about 5,000 flights were canceled altogether one January weekend.
But all that waiting around has an upside—for airport retailers.

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