Call of Duty: Free | 99% Invisible, EP.477

On the west coast of Ireland lies a small town called Shannon. But Shannon is not a quaint fishing village or farming community. Its industry is its airport. It looks like a cosmopolitan international airport, but it has a unique claim to fame: the world's first airport duty-free store.

Today, the store has what you would expect -- designer perfumes, jewellery and various fine foods, with a lot of local (in this case Irish) products in particular. But like the area around the airport, the shop started out small, with a local boy from the area who would go on to change the world of tax-free commerce in and beyond Shannon. The idea also kick-started economic free zones worldwide.


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