Feb 23, 2021
Philadelphia airport offers robot food delivery to travelers
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The future is now – at least at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
Each gita robot can hold up to 40 pounds in its cargo bin, where customers’ orders are kept.
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"Now more than ever we are looking to be forward-thinking and innovative regarding our contactless ordering options," Megan O’Connell, PHL Food & Shops marketing and customer service manager, said in a statement."Gita allows our guests to customize their experience by choosing how much or how little human interaction they want when having their food delivered."
The gita robots are a temporary addition to the airport’s existing contactless ordering program, which it launched in October in partnership with the AtYourGate delivery service.
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When a traveler at PHL orders food from one of the airport’s restaurants or shops through OrderAtPHL.com, or the app, they can choose the robotic delivery option for a fee of $2.99, according to PhillyVoice.
The Philadelphia International Airport launched a robotic food delivery program using gita robots on Monday. (Dave Rosenblum/Philadelphia International Airport)
Once their food is ready, the gita is loaded up and follows an AtYourGate employee through the airport – using visual sensors and Bluetooth – to the traveler who made the order.
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The gita program started on Monday and will run through April, according to the Philadelphia airport.
The robot has also been piloted at other U.S. airports, PHL said in its announcement.
The gita robots use visual sensors to follow an AtYourGate employee through the airport to the person who ordered the food. (Dave Rosenblum/Philadelphia International Airport)
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"We think passengers and employees will be pleasantly surprised to see their AtYourGate delivery being handled by a robot," O’Connell said. "At the end of the pilot, we will look at feedback from customers and from the AtYourGate team members working with the gita to better understand how we can utilize gita in the future."
Once the gita arrives at a customer, the customer can open the cargo bin themselves and take out the food they ordered, PHL said in its announcement. (Dave Rosenblum/Philadelphia International Airport)Ann Schmidt is a Lifestyle reporter for Fox News.
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Dr. Oz helps revive man who collapsed at Newark airport
Dr. Mehmet Oz is being credited with helping to save the life of a man who suddenly collapsed at a New Jersey airport.
The 60-year-old man, who has not been publicly identified, fell while in the baggage claim area of Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday at about 11 p.m. Both Oz and a Port Authority Police Department officer helped perform lifesaving measures on the man, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The New Jersey man was later rushed to the hospital.
“Port Authority Officer Jeffrey Croissant was on patrol when he witnessed a man fall to the floor in the baggage claim area in Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport,” the Port Authority said in a statement.
“Officer Croissant rushed to the man who was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officer Croissant called for back-up immediately and began CPR on the man. At that same time, Celebrity TV doctor, Dr. OZ, was at the carousel, took notice of the emergency and rushed over to work together with Officer Croissant to perform CPR,” the statement continued.
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Oz, who is known for hosting the Dr. Oz Show and for appearances on cable news, tweeted about the incident on Tuesday and said it was his “responsibility” to try and assist the man. He also included a link to his website about how to perform CPR.
“Last night, a man collapsed near me and my family after we arrived @EWRairport. I performed CPR with the help of a Newark Port Authority police officer and cleared the man's airway. Thankfully, the airport had a defibrillator nearby that we were able to use to save his life,” the celebrity doctor said.
“As a physician and a human being, it’s our responsibility to jump in when there’s a medical emergency. Another critical reminder of how important it is to take the time to learn how to do CPR and use a defibrillator,” Oz added.
The man was reportedly placed in the hospital’s intensive care unit and underwent further evaluation.
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