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Delivery robots to digital health apps: 5 ways your next airport visit could be contactless

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

In addition to cleaning, sanitizing and setting up COVID-19 testing stations, airports are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by finding ways to make the journey through the terminal touch-free. Before the pandemic, contactless services would have been presented as convenient amenities for travelers. Today, however, they have become an important part of the tool kit for keeping passengers safe, healthy and confident enough to travel. From touchless airport parking to check-in, bag drop and even robot food delivery, here are some of the ways – and places – your airport experience might be different during your next trip. CDC advises COVID-19 tests for travel:8 do's and don'ts ahead of your trip Before the pandemic, some airports offered travelers the option to reserve and prepay for parking online.


Airport app that brings goodies to your gate will be tested at San Diego International

Los Angeles Times

What if you could use a mobile app when you arrive at the airport to order dinner, a copy of your favorite magazine and a travel pillow and have it all waiting for you before you take off? That's the idea behind a new service called AtYourGate coming to San Diego International Airport in August. The Orange County start-up is betting fliers will like the time-saving convenience of having their purchases delivered. David Henninger said his company seeks to provide an airport-wide solution for travelers, which means you can order from shops and restaurants in terminals other than the one you're flying out of. Here's how it works: You call up the app, place your order, and specify your flight and gate numbers.


Water pressure restored to Philadelphia airport bathrooms after reports of 'feces' everywhere

FOX News

A worker with airport services checks the water pressure at Philadelphia International Airport following the water main breakage on Monday afternoon. A broken water main in the parking lot of the Philadelphia International Airport left the airport's terminals without water pressure on Monday evening -- and left passengers with no way to flush toilets and only a "small dribble" of water dripping from faucets. The airport (PHL) confirmed later that night that pressure to the terminals' bathrooms had been restored, but not before passengers began tweeted about the less-than-sanitary conditions. "There's literally blood, urine and feces in all of the toilets in each of the terminals," one passenger alleged following news of the ordeal. "Where else can we go to use the restroom?"


Three customer service robots land in San Jose airport

PCWorld

Silicon Valley is synonymous with innovation and high-tech, and Mineta San Jose International Airport wants to make sure travelers know it. The Silicon Valley travel hub is the first airport in the U.S. to introduce customer service robots. The three robotic gals (stationed in front of gates 11, 21, and 25) provide travelers with entertainment, as well as directions to dining and shopping destinations. "It's very important for Silicon Valley's airport to offer services for our travelers that are iconic to our region...we want to create a sense of place," said Rosemary Barnes, a public information manager at San Jose airport. The bots are not only iconic to the region.


How Touchless Technology can Make Life Safer and Easier - ELE Times

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The Human Sensory System has almost got devoid of its senses of touch when the whole world had to suffer from a complete body slam from the monstrosities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the previous year. The Covid-19 pandemic has suppressed our sense of touch more than any other. On the one hand, social touch such as holding hands and hugging has been forbidden, causing our society to resemble that described in the 90s sci-fi movie "Demolition Man", where physical contact is heavily sanctioned and everyone has to go TOUCHLESS. On the other hand, video teleconferencing has become the new norm, reducing most of our social interactions to just audio and visual streams, increasing, even more, our hunger for touch. Eventually, the pandemic will end.