LAS Vending Machine Sells On-The-Go PPE

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Let’s see... ticket, passport, medication, rats! Forgot my Personal Protection Equipment! 

No PPE? No problem! At least not in Vegas. The airport has installed vending machines that eject neat little packages of everything a passenger needs to personally protect themselves while travelling. 

LAS says it's the first airport in the world to install a PPE vending machine from which travellers can purchase items like hand sanitizer options, alcohol wipes, a four-pack of disposable gloves and a selection of masks.

The airport has three machines available for pax to stock up: two on either side of the Terminal 1 ticketing area and another near the Terminal 3 TSA checkpoint

"The whole world is going through behavioural modification and learning new habits, so it's not unthinkable that someone could show up at the airport and not have the new necessities that are part of travel," LAS spokesperson Christine Crews told CNN.

"I do believe we are the first in the nation to have these vending machines," she added.

The vending machines – which have "Clean & Safe Travels" written at the top -- look and operate much like a typical snack machine, with rows of products that can be purchased by making a number selection. There are six rows of PPE equipment to choose from, and travellers retrieve purchase at the bottom by pushing in a door labeled "PPE."

But be ready to pay a steep price for any sanitation specialties you buy.

Hand sanitizers cost from US$4.25 to $6.50, said LAS in a tweet. A 10-pack of alcohol wipes is $5.25. The four-pack of disposable gloves is $4.50. A set of three disposable masks is $7.50, and the KN95 mask is $8.25.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.



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