21 Items You Can Buy in an Airport Vending Machine

Airport Vending

More and more airports are adding vending machines that sell everything from electronics to cosmetics. The first vending machines, operated by ZoomSystems, were installed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport back in 2006. The machine carried electronics for travelers who may have forgotten or lost items. Below are 21 items you can find in airport vending machines.

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A Uniqlo vending machine.
Photo courtesy of Uniqlo

 This Japanese-based company has been expanding rapidly in the United States. In August 2017, the company launched a vending machine at Oakland International Airport. The machines offer a capsule collection of clothing for men and women that changes based on demand and the time of year. Items offered include down jackets, thermal tops, and t-shirts.

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Skyroam Wi-Fi Hotspot

This Trip Savvy post on mobile hotspots included one offered by San Francisco-based Skyroam. 3G and LTE versions of Skyroam are sold in vending machines located at San Francisco International, George Bush Intercontinental, McCarran International and Hartsfield-Jackson airports. An online post on mobile hotspots included one offered by San Francisco-based Skyroam. 3G and LTE versions of Skyroam are sold in vending machines located at San Francisco International, George Bush Intercontinental, McCarran International and Hartsfield-Jackson airports.

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Flat Out Ballet Flats

Women on the go can find relief for their feet at the first Flat Out vending machine, located at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  The machines dispense fashionable, durable and rollable flat shoes in a carrying bag. 

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Oakland International and Kansas City International airports are home to this vending machine company that focuses on offering local souvenirs. In Oakland consider a flour sack dishtowel with a print of the Bay Bridge, created by local artist and musician Cristina Espinosa of The Heated.

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Fuel Rod

 The worst has happened -- you're about to go on a flight and your smartphone or tablet is about to die. If you happen to be at Baltimore-Washington International or Philadelphia International airports, Fuel Rod has you covered with machines that sell reusable, portable charging system (including iPhone and Android adapters) for smartphones and tablets. The rod delivers eight hours of talk time or four hours of tablet time. Once a device is charged, the rod can be recharged or swapped for a fresh one.

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Farmers Fridge

This vending machine delivers fresh salads designed to appeal to travelers seeking healthier food options. The machine accepts all a major credit cards and offers eight salad options in a jar, including crunchy Thai, kale chicken caesar and southwest. Salads are produced every weekday and have a shelf life of up to three days. 

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Clothes and Accessories

Travelers at Boston Logan Airport can buy items including T-shirts, socks, ballet flats, underwear and toiletry kits -- all for under $15 -- at the Automatic Apparel machine.

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The trendy Benefits Cosmetics has what it calls “beauty kiosks” in 28 airport locations, including Austin-Bergstrom, Houston Intercontinental, and Philadelphia International. The vending machine, in the shape of a pink bus, offers products including mascara, custom powder, and pore cream.

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Cell Phone Sim Cards

When our family went to Japan, one of the first things we saw at Tokyo Narita Airport was rows of vending machines selling sim cards. For those with unlocked smartphones, buying a local sim card can save a fortune in roaming data and cell phone calls. For around $30, you can get a card that lasts for a week; a two-week card costs around $44. The cards give users download speeds of 150 mbps and uploads at 50 mbps.

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Baby Care

The Honest Company, owned by actress Jessica Alba, has partnered with Zoom Systems to install vending machines that offer baby care products, including diapers, wipes and rash cream. The machines are located at Dallas/Fort Worth International, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International, JFK, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International and George Bush Houston Intercontinental airports.

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Gourmet Coffee Pods

On a trip to Barcelona, I discovered the joys of Nespresso coffee, thanks to a machine that was in my hotel room. So imagine my joy when I saw the Nespresso Cube at Barcelona–El Prat Airport, where you can choose from 10 different coffee flavors. 

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Nail Care

A beauty issue for some female travelers is proper nail care. In case your nail polish chips or you want a quick color change between flights, the Essie vending machine offers a great fix. The machine offers 48 different shades that the company, known for its trendy colors. Find them at McCarran International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, Oakland International or JFK airports.

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Best Buy Express has airport kiosks that sell a range of products, including Beats By Dr. Dre headphones, iPod Touches, and cell phone chargers.

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Beauty Care

If you've been to any large mall in America, you've probably seen or been to Sephora, a store that sells cosmetics, bath and body items and skin and hair care. Kiosks are available in Nashville International, Las Vegas's McCarran International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, JFK, Indianapolis International and George Bush Houston Intercontinental airports.

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Face Care

You see the celebrities hawking Proactiv face care products in commercials and infomercials on television. And you can buy your products in vending machines at airports including Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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Cell Phones

After landing, you reach for your cell phone and it isn’t there. You’re going to be gone or a week and you need to stay in touch. Straight Talk offers vending machines that sell the latest pre-paid cell phones at four airports including Oakland International.

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Upscale Food and Drink

Israel Airport Authority installed food/beverage vending machines at Ben-Gurion Airport as an alternative to higher-priced offerings in restaurants. The machines offer coffee, tea, croissants, and sandwiches.

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A Hamburger

If you land at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport and you crave a hamburger, you’re in luck. This airport has a vending machine that sells hot burgers with the works!

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Say you’ve just landed in Vegas and want to buy some flowers. McCarran International has flower vending machines in five locations.

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Health Care Items

Not feeling well? The Max-Well vending machine, with outlets at airports including Raleigh-Durham and JFK, offers items like relaxation and stress relief products; sinus, headache, cold and flu remedies; healthy snacks; and even compression socks.

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Forgotten Travel Items

3FLOZ vending machines offer Transportation Security Administration-friendly products including 21 Drops aromatherapy, Marvis toothpaste, and The Laundress Stain Solution. The machines are in 11 airports, from Sacramento International to Dallas/Fort Worth.

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