An Oakland sex shop is trying to open in the San Francisco airport. It’s controversial, and it’s running into a procedural snag.
Airport rules for ‘terminal 3 popups’ say that the business first has to have $250,000 in annual revenue before it’s permitted to apply, and the Feelmore Adult Gallery misses the threshold. They’re asking the airport commission to lower the bar. We’ll find out March 20th which stores get to open.
There are some objections — even in San Francisco — to opening a sex shop in the airport, which attracts people from all locations and walks of life and because it’s “hard to be discreet when selling a foot-long prosthetic penis.”
However the shop’s owner suggests they aren’t just a sex shop they’re also “an erotic art gallery and community resource center” and people need a sex shop during delays.
When people get into an airport, and the plane is delayed, you got three or four hours to kill,” Joiner said. You’re going to need something. Not just a power cord— not just a sandwich. You’re going to need a vibrator, a condom, lubricant.
Personally I think that’s debatable, since there’s no Minute Suites in the San Francisco airport.
The shop also believes they can be discrete, making “sure that people wouldn’t be offended, through high-end vibrators that don’t look like vibrators, and that don’t have disparaging detail on the boxes.”
Personally I see a need for a sex shop landside, before security so you can put stuff in a friend’s carry on before they go through the checkpoint and so you can buy something to check as baggage as a standalone item.