Airport Robot Will Check You In, Weigh Your Luggage And Carry It For You

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The company behind the robot, which can weigh bags, print baggage tags and carry two suitcases, have described it as the ‘future of baggage handling in airports’.

Queuing to check-in luggage is often one of the most stressful parts of travelling.

But new advancements in robotics, currently being trialled at Geneva Airport, could mean these lengthy waits are a thing of the past.

With the help of a robot named Leo, passengers at the Switzerland airport have had their bags checked-in for them.

Swiss air transport specialists SITA teamed up with robotics firm BlueBotics to create the robot, which is programmed to dodge obstacles in its path, namely passengers in busy airports.

It also has the ability to weigh bags, print baggage tags and carry two suitcases weighing up to 32kg.

The autonomous check-in assistant greets passengers at the airport’s terminal, who can use its touch screen to scan their boarding passes and drop off their luggage.

Tags are then printing out for the traveller to attach to the bags, which are transported to the terminal, where an airport worker will place them on a conveyor belt before departure.

There are no other plans to roll out the technology at other airports.

However, the firm behind its creation are in talks with various airports about its possible implementation.

The company have described the robot as the ‘future of baggage handling in airports’.

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