NEWARK, NJ - If you’re using one of the many iPads scattered across Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C, you could soon be allowed to pass the time playing games where you could redeem points toward flights and food credits.
Mayor Ras Baraka’s administration brought an ordinance before the City Council on Thursday asking the council to authorize the issuing of redemption amusement licenses to OTG, which operates the terminal’s food and drink services. The ordinance would allow games on iPads travelers currently use to order and pay for food and drinks around the terminal.
Kenyatta Stewart, the city’s corporation counsel, said the games would not reward travelers with cash but rather with points they could use for travel-based credits.
“People will be able to play their games, hopefully donate to Newark, and then also order food all at the push of a button,” Stewart said.
The donation Stewart was referring to was the opportunity patrons at the airport have to give money to the city, which it is supposed to use for homeless services.
The ordinance adds a new chapter to the city’s municipal code adding “redemption amusement games” to “amusement and amusement businesses.” The ordinance would designate Terminal C a “recognized amusement park” to allow for such licenses to be issued.
The games would be allowed from 7 a.m. to midnight for services with food licenses and 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. for holders of licenses that also serve alcohol.
Council members questioned administration officials about what, if any, benefits such services would provide the city. It was not immediately known how much money Newark might make off of such an endeavor.
Councilman Anibal Ramos said he believed the city was not benefiting enough from food and drink services at the airport aside from the revenue the city receives for the renewal license fee, which, despite a multitude of food and drink services at the terminal, is designated as one license.
“The city really doesn’t benefit beyond the jobs available to Newark residents,” Ramos said.
A first reading of the bill will be held at the council’s Nov.18 meeting.