AI-equipped robot 'Josie Pepper' to greet passengers at Munich Airport

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A first for German airports, Josie Pepper's brain is based on IBM Watson technology, a question and answer computer system specifically developed to answer questions from the quiz show Jeopardy. Passengers at Munich Airport will have an unusual welcome when they arrive at Terminal 2. From today, Josie Pepper, a 120-centimetre tall robot will be on hand to greet them and answer questions. The innovation is a joint Lufthansa-Munich Airport project. It is the first-ever test of a humanoid robot equipped with artificial intelligence at a German airport. For the next few weeks, Josie Pepper will welcome travellers to the non-public area of Terminal 2, which is jointly operated by Munich Airport and Lufthansa.



Gatwick Airport drones: 'Absolute shambles' as flights cancelled

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Drones flying over Gatwick Airport have caused Christmas travel chaos for thousands. Among them is a couple hoping to honeymoon in New York and a little boy who wants to go to Lapland. Instead of celebrating her marriage in the festive fairytale of New York, newlywed Hope Lauren Eder is stranded at the airport. "We haven't heard anything from our airline, by text or anything, so we thought we'd head to the airport," she said. "There weren't any queues at the desk, so we managed to get through quickly."


Gatwick drones pair 'no longer suspects'

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A man and woman arrested in connection with drone sightings that grounded flights at Gatwick Airport have been released without charge. The 47-year-old man and 54-year-old woman, from Crawley, West Sussex, were arrested on Friday night on suspicion of "the criminal use of drones". Sussex Police said the pair were no longer suspects. A damaged drone found close to the airport on Saturday was being forensically examined, the force added. Det Ch Supt Jason Tingley said it was "a working assumption" the device could be connected to their investigation, but officers were keeping "an open mind".


Gatwick Airport: Army called in amid drone chaos

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The Army has deployed "specialist equipment" to Gatwick Airport as the travel chaos caused by drone activity shows no sign of abating. It comes as Easyjet has cancelled all of its flights from Gatwick for the rest of the day. The airline, the biggest operator at the airport, said there was "no indication" when Gatwick would reopen. Tens of thousands of passengers on several airlines have been disrupted by drones flying over the airport. In a tweet, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson had confirmed the military deployment.