Gum Ban Airlifted in Palm Beach

Twenty years of tyranny finally come to an end

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009  |  Updated 12:40 PM EDT
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Gum Ban Airlifted in Palm Beach

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It's time to chew again at Palm Beach International Airport after the facility lifted its 20-year ban on gum.

Fear not, visitors of Palm Beach International Airport, you're now able to fly and chew gum at the same time.

Thanks to a weak economy and customer demand, gum is now sold at the stores in the airport for the first time in over 20 years.

A gum ban had been in place since 1988 to keep the airport's carpets clean, but now it seems the revenue being lost was outweighing the possibility of a sticky floor.

Paradies Shops, which runs the airport's stores, estimates it will make an additional $225,000 a year now that gum is being sold, meaning the county will rake in a cool $50,000.

Paradies said it's not necessarily all about the money,but about keeping the traveler happy.

"The number one question asked at the airport was: Where's the gum?" Paradies GM Butch Hindle told the Sun-Sentinel.

Airport officials will keep a close eye on the terminals to make sure the gum doesn't make a mess, and will re-ban the gum if they feel it's necessary.

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