Pune: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to install sanitary napkin dispensers at airports across the country. The first dispenser was installed at Indore airport in October 2017 and Pune airport also installed it in January this year.
AAI chief Guruprasad Mohapatra said, “Installation of sanitary napkin vending machines is a small step towards ensuring comfort for female air travellers. While we are committed to providing a safe and secure air travel, we feel it is our responsibility to address basic hygiene-related needs too.”
The AAI subsequently started installing this machine at other airports. “The ready availability of sanitary napkins at affordable prices inside the airport terminal buildings will promote hygienic practices and will also help address the deep rooted stigma attached to menstruation,” an AAI spokesperson said, adding, “These easy-to-use machines require only a coin of Re 1, 5 or 10 for a pack of three.”
At present, AAI airports that have these machines are Indore, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Port Blair, Trivandrum, Mangalore, Tirupati, Vishakhapatnam, Vadodara, Aurangabad, Rajkot, Pune, Guwahati, Agartala, Imphal, Shimla, Varanasi and Surat. “This initiative is widely appreciated by women passengers travelling through various AAI airports. Soon, passengers travelling through other AAI airports will also get this facility. Few of the airports are even contemplating providing the sanitary pads free of cost in collaboration with NGOs,” the AAI spokesperson added.
India is the world’s fastest-growing aviation market and AAI says, “As passenger footfall in airports increases, duties of public service providers also need augmentation. The AAI believes that this gentle step will pave way for more such passenger-friendly initiatives in future.”