As they say, honesty is the best policy - and now people traveling through Dublin Airport will be tested on their moral compass.
Airport food halls and restaurants can be chaotic at best - and the last thing a frazzled and late traveler needs is a long checkout line.
Such is the inspiration for Marqette’s newly-unveiled offering. The award-winning foodie heaven is trailing an Honest Eats Co fridge, stocked with everything from sandwiches and salads to snacks and sodas.
Traveling can be exhausting! @marqettedublin Cafe located in the arrivals hall in T1 @dublinairport offers passengers a selection of snacks, sandwiches and baked goods along with serving fantastic freshly brewed coffee for a great after-flight snack #airport #dining #airportfood #healthyfood @airportlifestyle @airport_travelor @airportliving
Like the name implies, the fridge's success relies on the honesty of the customer as there will be no attendant manning the fridge and its 73 items. The onus is on the shopper to pick what they want, scan it, and pay for it with their card at a cashless self-service checkout.
The decision to install the Honest Eats Co fridge for a four-week trial was partly due to the success of Dublin Airport's Plane Water honesty payment initiative. The premise, to take a bottle of water from an unattended stand and leave €1, has been a great success since its inception in 2014 - with about 92 % of passengers coughing up for the bottle. Other airports around the world have since implemented the same concept.
“Honest Eats has the potential to work really well in an airport setting where passengers in a hurry want to grab high quality food and drink on the go,” said Marqette owner Michael J Wright told the Irish Times. “We’re really excited to be working with Dublin Airport to test this new concept.”
Located in Terminal 1, Marqette has gained international recognition. The eatery serves over 5,000 airport passengers and staff each day - tempting them with both traditional Irish food and exotic offerings.