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- Traveling can be stressful, not least of all due to having to navigate the airport.
- But some airports in the United States have amusing, unusual offerings for purchase in their stores, from $1,500 hams to drones to fully functional retro push-button phones.
- Here are some of the weirdest things you can buy in airports around the US.
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Air travel can be tedious, annoying, and even downright infuriating.
Between navigating TSA checkpoints, waiting in endless lines, and dodging hack-coughing seatmates, making your way through an airport isn’t typically something that anyone looks forward to.
Luckily, over the years, airports have begun to appreciate that many travelers — and especially those frequent flyers who travel regularly for business — are looking for more things to do while waiting for their flights. As a result, they’ve begun to offer a whole lot more in the way of shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Nowadays, there are plenty of quirky things you can find in American airport shops, from drones to used horseshoes to a $1,500 ham complete with a leather carrying case.
Here are 13 of the weirdest things available for purchase in American airports.
1. Scorpion suckers
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These are certainly unlike any other plane snack, to put it mildly.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport sells hard candy with a real scorpion suspended in the center, which they’ve dubbed "scorpion suckers." These outlandish lollipops are a popular souvenir novelty or gag gift when in Arizona for their unique and slightly terrifying look.
The scorpion candy also made the list of Phoenix Sky Harbor’s best-selling airport items, per CNBC’s 2017 report.
2. Used racehorse shoes
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Louisville, Kentucky is known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, an annual horse race that’s been running continuously since 1875. So it’s no wonder that some of the most popular souvenirs for those making their way out of the city are Derby-related.
Harriet Baskas, a blogger for Stuck at the Airport, wrote that Louisville International Airport officials told her authentic used horseshoes — complete with caked-on dirt from the racetrack — were a favorite souvenir among tourists visiting the airport’s Churchill Downs Store.
3. Vaccines and immunizations
Plenty of airports have first aid centers and other medical facilities. But did you know that some even offer full-on doctor’s visits, including shots?
The SFO Medical Clinic, for one, provides travelers with travel-related and occupational medical services. In addition to urgent care and immigration-related physicals, the clinic also has a certified travel vaccination center that can provide patients with access to the immunizations currently advised by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Available immunizations include those for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, Japanese encephalitis, tetanus, and rabies. While the clinic doesn’t accept private insurance, they do accept most major credit cards and personal checks and provide an itemized receipt that can be forwarded to your health plan for reimbursement.
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