Orlando Airport Sells Face Masks, Other PPE in Vending Machines

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Orlando Airport PPE Vending Machines

MCO is going the extra mile to provide its passengers with peace of mind and protection while traveling through its terminals.

Near several ticket counters, Orlando International Airport has installed vending machines that are stocked with face masks, sanitation wipes, and hand sanitizer that we are all advised to use frequently during this global pandemic.

They shared a picture of their new machines to Twitter saying, “Forgot your mask? We got you covered. You can find Clean & Safe Travels PPE vending machines available throughout our Main Terminal. Located by: JetBlue, Frontier, Southwest, Delta, United and American Airlines ticket counters.”

MCO further stated in a press release that the decision to install these machines follows Orange County, FL’s executive order mandating face masks be worn in public, as well as answering a desire to provide easy access to face masks and such equipment to their traveling public.

MCO explained:

The six Clean & Safe Travels vending machines have prices that start at $7.50 for two masks and are conveniently located in high touch point areas near the following airline ticket counters: JetBlue, Frontier, Southwest, Delta, United and American Airlines. The machines and their inventory best assist in efforts to comply with Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings’ order which requires everyone in a public space, including our facility, to wear a face covering that meets current CDC guidance.

Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said, “It is our top priority to make travelers and employees feel safe within our world-class airport…To do that, we want to ensure everyone can easily obtain personal safety essentials needed to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Inside the Magic recently covered that airlines, United, in particular, are starting to mandate masks be worn on their flights or passengers can lose their flying privileges with the airline. This convenience is a saving grace to those travelers who forget for one reason or another.

United Airlines Cabin Crew with Face Masks
Credit: SFGate.com

The pandemic caused MCO to record a 97% drop in passenger traffic for the month of May. As Orlando’s major attractions like Universal Orlando Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort continue to reopen, the airport is still currently sitting at a 71% year-to-date decline.

Related: Do You Feel Safe Flying to Disney World? Take MCO’s New Survey

Would seeing vending machines like this at other airports make you feel more comfortable about flying during this troubling time? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

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