At the moment we’re seeing airports roll out all kinds of initiatives to reflect the times. Just to give a couple of examples, we’re seeing Paine Field introduce body temperature checks, and Hong Kong is trialing disinfecting machines.
Now Las Vegas McCarran Airport has introduced personal protective equipment (PPE) vending machines. With this, passengers can purchase items like gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer. The airport has become the first in the US to introduce a vending machine like this.
The airport will initially have two vending machines — one in Terminal 1 near ticket counters, and one in Terminal 3 near the TSA checkpoint.
A new option to help protect yourself and others while traveling. LAS was the first airport to install PPE vending machines from which travelers can purchase items like gloves and hand sanitizer. These machines can be found in T1 ticketing and near the T3 TSA checkpoint. pic.twitter.com/1suaVel412
— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) May 14, 2020
Ironically it doesn’t appear that the vending machines are touchless. I guess it might take a while for touchless vending machine technology to be widely available.
Some airlines are offering passengers face masks and even hand sanitizer, though the policy varies by airline, and in many cases these items are only offered at the gate or onboard flights.
With these vending machines, passengers can potentially get some protective equipment before passing through security.
I imagine these vending machines will be incredibly popular, and frankly I almost wonder how they’ll keep them stocked. It can be tough to find hand sanitizer in supermarkets and drugstores, so will the vending machine be replenished every hour, or…?
I have a feeling we’ll see these at a lot of airports soon.