VAT revolt as thousands refuse to show boarding passes to airport shops
Thousands of passengers say they will no longer show their boarding passes at the checkout after it was revealed shops are using the information to claim back VAT.
A mini-revolution is taking place at airports across the country after retailers were forced to admit that customers are not actually required to show their boarding passes at the till and that those who do are merely helping companies claim back VAT.
Thousands of air passengers who had up until now been under the impression that producing their boarding pass was a legal requirement have been outraged to find out that this is not the case.
Airport retailers such as WHSmiths and Boots have admitted that fliers are entitled to say no when asked to show their pass and have said that they use the information to claim back VAT on purchases made by customers flying to non-EU destinations.
Telegraph Travel revealed the extent to which fliers feel they have been misled over the request yesterday when 90 per cent of more than 29,000 Telegraph readers voted to say that they did not realise why shops ask to see boarding passes.