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Glasgow Airport to provide free sanitary products

Glasgow Airport has today (Friday 29 September 2017) unveiled a new trial to provide free sanitary products for all passengers.

The airport is backing a campaign by Central Scotland Labour MSP Monica Lennon, who launched proposals in the Scottish Parliament in August to introduce world-leading legislation that would create a universal, opt-in system of free sanitary products that would be available to anyone who needs them. The legislation would also place a duty on schools, colleges and universities to provide free sanitary products to their students.

Sanitary products including tampons and pads will now be made freely available in toilets within the airport’s main check-in hall, domestic and international arrivals. 

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “This is an excellent initiative and one which we are more than happy to support.  We met with Monica earlier this year and she highlighted the need to address what is a real issue for many women. Millions of passengers travel through our doors on an annual basis and this trial will ensure that our female customers have access to these essential products.” 

Monica Lennon MSP said: "I am delighted that Glasgow Airport are backing my campaign to end period poverty.  Providing free sanitary products at the airport sends out a strong message that periods are normal and I know this will be appreciated by passengers. 

“When I contacted Glasgow Airport over the summer to highlight my proposed Member's Bill I was delighted that Amanda McMillan and her team wanted to get involved. Millions of people pass through the airport from every part of the globe and this is another significant step towards Scotland leading the world in the fight to end period poverty. 

“Getting your period can happen unexpectedly and often at inopportune times – at work, at school, and when you’re travelling. No-one should have to go without access to vital sanitary products, so it’s great that Glasgow Airport are leading by example on this issue.”