McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has become the first airport to install personal protection equipment (PPE) vending machines from which travelers can purchase items including gloves and hand sanitizer. These machines can be found in T1 ticketing and near the T3 TSA checkpoint.
These machines are particularly important as behavioral modification is the new norm. Most airlines have modified their policies to require customers to wear face masks as a safety measure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A 10-pack of wipes is $5.25, and a four-pack of gloves is $4.50. The hand sanitizer is $4.25 for a 1.7-ounce bottle, running up to $6.50. As for masks, a KN95 disposable mask costs $8.25, while a cloth reusable masks (in both adult and kid sizes) are $14.50 apiece.
A reusable fabric mask is recommended, but all other types of coverings such as simple disposable masks or scarves are also possible. The airlines will inform their passengers in advance by SMS or e-mail and on their websites about the new regulation, and the obligation to wear the mask will initially apply until August 31, 2020.
Face coverings can be temporarily removed to eat and drink but must be placed back on afterwards. Passengers will also still be permitted to bring their own food and drink onboard.