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    The future is now – at least at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). On Monday, the airport launched a robotic food delivery program using gita robots developed by Piaggio Fast Forward. Each gita robot can hold up to 40 pounds in its cargo bin, where customers’ orders are kept. “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.  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...
    Philadelphia International Airport has a new, lean, mean food service machine. The international airport began using a new Gita droid as part of a robotic food delivery pilot program effectuated on Monday. “Now more than ever we are looking to be forward-thinking and innovative regarding our contactless ordering options,” Megan O’Connell, the airport's food and shops marketing and customer service manager, said. “Gita allows our guests to customize their experience by choosing how much or how little human interaction they want when having their food delivered. We are thrilled to offer this feature as part of the seamless contactless ordering experience at PHL.” AMERICAN AIRLINES LAUNCHES WINE DELIVERY SERVICE IN WAKE OF ONBOARD RESTRICTIONS OF ALCOHOL The robot uses visual sensors to pair to and follow a representative of AtYourGate, a contactless airport food delivery service, through the airport. The airport's food and shops Twitter account posted video of the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia International Airport is using a robot to deliver people their food. The gita is part of robotic food delivery program that was launched by PHL Food & Shops’ contactless food ordering program. credit: Philadelphia International Airport The pilot began Monday and runs through April. READ MORE: Caught On Video: Thousands Of Dolphins Stampede Next To Whale Watching Boat Off Newport Beach “Now more than ever we are looking to be forward-thinking and innovative regarding our contactless ordering options,” said Megan O’Connell, PHL Food & Shops marketing and customer service manager. “Gita allows our guests to customize their experience by choosing how much or how little human interaction they want when having their food delivered.” READ MORE: UCLA Runner Chris Weiland Dismissed From Team Over Racial, Homophobic Slurs The droid can carry up to 40 pounds and features a cargo bin to hold guests’ orders. They...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Roads are a mess Friday morning, some streets still have wet and slushy snow on them from Thursday’s storm. We’re still not out of the woods as a second wave of moisture will prompt scattered light snow north and west and freezing rain for I-95. Here are some of the unofficial snow totals from around the region reported as of 5:13 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, according to the National Weather Service. READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley To Hold Weekly COVID-19 Briefing These NWS observations are collected from a variety of sources, including trained spotters.   PENNSYLVANIA Berks County West Lawn — 4.5 inches Mertztown — 4.5 inches Spring Township — 4.5 inches Huffs Church — 4.5 inches Bern Township — 4 inches Bucks County Fairless Hills — 9.8 inches Feasterville-Trevose — 8.8 inches Morrisville — 8.5 inches Langhorne — 8.3 inches...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Parts of the Philadelphia region could see 8″ of snow accumulate on Thursday as a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs in Pa. and N.J., New Castle County, Del., the Lehigh Valley, Berks County and the Poconos until 10 a.m. Friday. Here are some of the unofficial snow totals from around the region reported as of 8:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, according to the National Weather Service. RELATED: Eight People Shot In Broad Daylight Near Olney Transportation Station, Philadelphia Police Say These NWS observations are collected from a variety of sources, including trained spotters.   PENNSYLVANIA Bucks County Fairless Hills — 5 inches Lower Makefield Township — 4.3 inches Bensalem — 4 inches Newtown — 3.5 inches West Rockhill Township — 1 inch New Hope — 0.3 inches Trumbauersville — 0.3 inches Chester County Berwyn — 7 inches East Fallowfield...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Parts of the Philadelphia region could see 8″ of snow accumulate on Thursday as a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs in Pa. and N.J., New Castle County, Del., the Lehigh Valley, Berks County and the Poconos until 10 a.m. Friday. Here are some of the unofficial snow totals from around the region reported as of 8:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, according to the National Weather Service. RELATED: Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm Warning In Effect As Area Slammed With Another Round Of Snow, Up To 8 Inches Expected These NWS observations are collected from a variety of sources, including trained spotters.   PENNSYLVANIA Bucks County Fairless Hills — 5 inches Lower Makefield Township — 4.3 inches Bensalem — 4 inches Newtown — 3.5 inches West Rockhill Township — 1 inch New Hope — 0.3 inches Trumbauersville — 0.3 inches Chester...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As light snow begins to taper off around the region Thursday morning, snowfalls of 2-4″ were reported in the Winter Weather Advisory area for the city and areas south. Here are some of the unofficial snow totals from around the region reported as of 8:28 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, according to the National Weather Service. RELATED: Man Killed In North Philadelphia Double Shooting Identified As Richard Weldon These NWS observations are collected from a variety of sources, including trained spotters. PENNSYLVANIA Berks County Bechtelsville — 2.5 inches Huffs Church — 2.3 inches Union Township — 1.9 inchess Spring Township — 1.8 inches Shillington — 1.6 inches Douglassville — 0.9 inches Bucks County Newtown — 2.7 inches Chalfont — 2.5 inches New Hope — 2 inches Newtown — 2 inches Trumbauersville — 2 inches Furlong — 1.2 inches Chester County Exton — 3 inches Malvern — 2.5...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – American Airlines is expected to furlough more than 1,000 workers based out of Philadelphia International Airport as the airline industry sees less travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be 28 permanent layoffs beginning April 1 and 1,032 furloughs that will begin on April 10, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry website. BREAKING: @AmericanAir announces furloughs for 1,000+ @PHLAirport employees beginning April 10, 2021 due to #COVID losses. pic.twitter.com/GMZtjMwCOS RELATED: Bucks County School Bus Driver, John Michael Evans, Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing 2 Teen Boys — Alicia Roberts (@ARobertsCBS) February 9, 2021 RELATED: LeSean McCoy, Former Philadelphia Eagles Running Back, Wins Second Consecutive Super Bowl Without Playing In Either Game In a letter sent to team members last Wednesday, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom say the slow vaccine distribution...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Travel plans are certainly being impacted by the massive winter storm across the Philadelphia region. But the number of cancellations at the Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday is a lot lower than Monday. Director of Communications at the Philadelphia International Airport Florence Brown joined CBS3 Tuesday morning to give an update on the conditions at the airport. Brown says as far as cancellations the numbers are pretty low this morning. “Looking at about 21 cancellations, one delay,” Brown said. “Compared to yesterday, that’s a lot lower because yesterday we had 112 cancellations relative to the East Coast and we were very lucky. Our crews have been out there 24/7 plowing the roads but there were 1,600 flights canceled across the East Coast and so PHL was very lucky. JFK canceled 300 flights and then at LaGuardia more than 200, so for us 112 was not too bad.” The...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Flight cancellations are piling up like the snow at Philadelphia International Airport. Nearly 50 flights were canceled on Sunday. As of Monday morning, there have been 72 and that number is expected to rise. “We currently have 72 cancellations that are relative to the overall traffic at the airport. That’s actually not too bad. We still have about 70% of our flights still running as of right now 5:45 a.m., and we have one of our two primary runways open. We always keep at least one open so that all of that traffic can keep flowing,” Director of Communications at Philadelphia International Airport Florence Brown said. Brown tells Eyewitness News crews are preparing for the next band of snow that’s expected to come into the region. “Out airport crews plow over 631 miles – lane miles – of runway, taxiways, and aprons. That’s the equivalent of driving...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The TSA says it stopped a man trying to carry a gun through security Monday at Philadelphia International Airport. The man, who was from Philadelphia, was placed under arrest and said he had no idea how the gun got into his bag. The TSA says it stopped 26 guns at security checkpoints at Philadelphia International last year. That’s up from 20 in 2019. MORE FROM CBSPHILLY.COM Police: Teen Shot, Killed In Vacant Lot In West Philadelphia Reports: Duce Staley Lands Coaching Job With Detroit Lions After Asking Philadelphia Eagles For Release Philadelphia Working To Find Other Partners To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines After Cutting Ties With Philly Fighting COVID
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to travel Wednesday ahead of the Christmas holiday. This comes despite health officials telling people to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “My mom would probably kill me if I wasn’t home for the holidays,” said Ian Cochrane who is flying to Boston. “So, it’s for her and my dad as well.” The need to travel home for the holidays comes with added risk as coronavirus cases are surging. However, it’s a risk many travelers at Philadelphia International Airport say they aren’t concerned about. “We got a big place rented out that we can all just be there as a family and that’s huge. This is huge,” said Tom Mauchly who is flying to Colorado. “It’s really awesome that we can go and do that to be with them,” said Daniel Mauchly. After Thanksgiving, there was a surge in...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Deliveries of nearly 3 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine began around 8:30 a.m. Monday, after FedEx and UPS planes carrying them touched down at more than 30 cities across the country, including Philadelphia. “Some doses arrived this morning. We have confirmation that some doses will be coming tomorrow, and then the remainder will be arriving on Wednesday,” said Amber Tirmal, the city’s immunization program manager. Tirmal said Philadelphia will receive 13,650 doses this week to be split among the department and all of the hospital systems. She expects vaccination of frontline health care workers to begin Wednesday. “Each individual hospital and health care system are making their own determinations about who within their organizations that they want to prioritize,” she said. The shipments landing at Philadelphia International Airport are flown on UPS cargo planes, which has an air hub just off of airport property. PHL Airport...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The much anticipated coronavirus vaccination deliveries are potentially the most watched shipments in history. The contents are seen as the light at the end of the tunnel of the common day pandemic. Eyewitness News is continually monitoring word on the vaccines arrival in the Philadelphia region. All eyes are on UPS, as its planes traversed the country Sunday carrying boxes of vaccines that are the great hope to turning the tide against COVID-19. Philadelphia International is one of roughly 30 airports to welcome the precious cargo. “This is really a pivotal and historic moment in the fight against COVID-19,” said Florence Brown, director of communications for PHL Airport. “PHL is just really excited to play a very small role in that and to support those operations.” The planes will use PHL runways and then go on to UPS’ Air Hub just off airport property in Tinicum Township,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The much anticipated coronavirus vaccination deliveries are potentially the most watched shipments in history. The contents are seen as the light at the end of the tunnel of the common day pandemic. Eyewitness News is continually monitoring word on the vaccines arrival in the Philadelphia region. All eyes are on UPS, as its planes traversed the country Sunday carrying boxes of vaccines that are the great hope to turning the tide against COVID-19. Philadelphia International is one of roughly 30 airports to welcome the precious cargo. “This is really a pivotal and historic moment in the fight against COVID-19,” said Florence Brown, director of communications for PHL Airport. “PHL is just really excited to play a very small role in that and to support those operations.” The planes will use PHL runways and then go on to UPS’ Air Hub just off airport property in Tinicum Township,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At Philadelphia International Airport, giant refrigerated containers are prepped and ready to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the vaccine next week. The vaccines will be transported in suitcase-sized containers filled with dry ice that can only be opened twice a day, lasting for a maximum of two weeks. The shots need to be stored at minus-70 degrees Celsius or below to avoid spoiling. “It runs on batteries so while it’s in transit it’s able to regulate that temperature. What’s really important with these containers is you have the capability to plug them in when they’re not actually in transit, so when they’re sitting in a warehouse,” Roger Samways, vice president of commercial cargo with American Airlines, said. We’ve got capability here to plug in 50 containers at any one time.” The first shipment of the vaccines is...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Arriving soon at the Philadelphia International Airport will be COVID-19 testing. The new testing program is meant to help travelers who are leaving the region on departing flights. Officials at PHL started looking into this a few months ago and believe the new testing site at the airport will help make travel safer for a number of passengers. The McClains are finally on their way to Puerto Rico. They had no idea they needed to be tested for COVID-19 before flying out. “They said you can’t come into the country without it so we had to come around, and we did get a COVID test pretty fast. And it was free because we’re old but we did lose a day of being in Puerto Rico,” Gary McClain said. It wasn’t in time to help these lovebirds. But starting on Friday, passengers flying out of PHL have the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A jackknifed tanker truck has traffic tied up on Interstate-95, near the Philadelphia International Airport. The accident happened on the northbound ramp at Bartram Avenue, around 8:15 a.m. Thursday. Two lanes were blocked, causing traffic delays in the area. Multiple tanker trucks involved in an accident on I-95 NB at Bartram Ave blocking two right lanes. @CBSPhilly @TotalTrafficPHL pic.twitter.com/OpLerOjBeZ — Jacqueline Jewell (@JJewelliHeart) December 3, 2020 There’s no word on if anyone was injured in the crash.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With more than 350,000 flyers, the 10-day Thanksgiving travel period is expected to be the Philadelphia International Airport’s busiest since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “For this week alone, we are actually only down 56%, so there is an increase this week and we’re really impressed by that,” said Florence Brown, PHL Airport communications director. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people stay home for the holiday, due to surging coronavirus cases nationwide. But travelers Eyewitness News spoke to say they’re taking the virus seriously and still feel it’s safe to fly. “It was not crowded at all, there weren’t overflow of lines, people were social distancing and I actually got lucky on my plane, I sat on the end and the middle seat, nobody was even there,” said Suzanne Irizarry, visiting Philadelphia from Tampa Bay, Florida. “We see [airline employees] spray...
    A man was taken into custody in Philadelphia after officials say he behaved erratically and made “alarming statements” during a flight Thursday. “The incident occurred around 9:20 a.m. on American Airlines Flight #2392 from Orlando to Philadelphia,” Fox 29 reported. An American Airlines spokesperson clarified that the man did not try to access the flight deck area, but he “exhibited ‘erratic behavior’ and was making ‘alarming statements,'” the article read. Police said the individual asked a flight attendant to speak with the pilot when the aircraft was about 80 miles from Philadelphia International Airport. However, he reportedly ran back to his seat where a flight attendant and another passenger stayed with him until the plane landed. Police initially said the man tried to break into the cockpit, but later determined he never attempted to do so, ABC 6 reported. “The cabin crew took precautionary measures and monitored the customer who...
    The cockpit is off-limits, especially mid-flight. According to reports, authorities took a passenger on an American Airlines flight into custody after the person allegedly attempted to break into the cockpit. Fortunately, the plane landed safe and nobody was harmed. American Airlines confirmed to Fox News that the incident occurred on a flight from Orlando to Philadelphia. (iStock) American Airlines confirmed to Fox News that the incident occurred on a flight from Orlando to Philadelphia. According to the airline, the customer displayed “erratic behavior” while on approach towards Philadelphia International Airport, prompting crew members to take precautionary steps. CHARLESTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EVACUATED AFTER SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE FOUND CBS in Philadelphia reports that the passenger attempted to break into the cockpit. Other reports, however, state that the passenger never actively attempted to breach the cockpit door. The passenger reportedly did make threatening statements and behaved in a way that made the flight crew take...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The TSA says it caught a local woman with a loaded nine-millimeter handgun at Philadelphia International Airport. Agents stopped and arrested the woman at a security checkpoint on Thursday. This is the 21st gun TSA officers have seized at the airport this year. The TSA says those who have to legally carry a gun on a plane need to contact them well in advance.
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With barely two weeks left before Election Day, the battleground state of Pennsylvania is being flooded with visits by the presidential candidates and their campaign surrogates. Recent polls show President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in a competitive race in Pennsylvania, or Biden ahead by single-digits in a state Trump won by just over 44,000 votes — less than a percentage point — in 2016. Former President Barack Obama will campaign in Philadelphia on Wednesday, returning to a city that produced historically large margins of victory for him in his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Doug Emhoff, the husband of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, also will campaign in Philadelphia, on Saturday. Biden on Thursday night appeared at ABC's televised town hall in Philadelphia. Trump will headline a rally at Erie International Airport on Tuesday, his second visit in 11 days to Erie,...
    Philadelphia Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized two shipments of ketamine at the Philadelphia International Airport on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, bringing in a whopping 36 pounds of the drug. The drugs were concealed in picture frames in two separate shipments that arrived on express air delivery, according to Patch. Each shipment had six picture frames, all which arrived from The Netherlands and were headed for Hartford, Connecticut, per the same report. #Philadelphia @CBP seized two shipments of ketamine concealed inside the corrugated backing of picture frames destined to an address in #Connecticut. Hartford @ICEgov special agents arrested one subject. Ketamine has been used as a date rape drug. Read https://t.co/m3DkDQWUih pic.twitter.com/J2ULZGQHxG — CBP Mid-Atlantic (@CBPMidAtlantic) October 8, 2020 Philadelphia Customs officers and Customs officers in Chicago found a white substance hidden in the plastic backing of the frames, and used a chemical analyze to identify the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — American Airlines and union leaders joined forces Tuesday to call on Congress to pass another round of payroll support. They gathered at Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday morning. American Airlines says it will have to lay off an estimated 19,000 team members unless Congress extends the payroll support program. Ten thousand of those team members are based in our region.
    One Philadelphia man’s travel plans got off on the wrong foot this week. The Transportation Security Administration reported that a man at Philadelphia International Airport tried to sneak through security on Wednesday with a handgun “artfully concealed” in his shoe. TSA officers at the airport detected the .25 caliber handgun at a security checkpoint and alerted city police, who confiscated the gun. It was not loaded. This .25 caliber handgun was "artfully concealed" in this shoe, according to the TSA. (Transportation Security Administration) AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT LANDS SAFELY AFTER EMERGENCY CALL FOR CRACKED WINDSHIELD Gerardo Spero, the TSA’s federal security director for the airport, said this “was not a case of forgetfulness.” “This was an intentional effort on the part of this individual to try to board an airplane with a gun,” Spero said in a written statement. The incident marked the 18th time TSA officers at Philadelphia International Airport...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — TSA officers at the Philadelphia International Airport confiscated a handgun concealed in a man’s shoe. They made the discovery at a security checkpoint on Wednesday. Officials say the gun was not loaded. The man, a Philadelphia resident, was arrested. The gun was the 18th discovered by TSA officers at the airport so far this year.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia International Airport is using new electrostatic spraying technology to sanitize the airport’s facilities. Officials gave Eyewitness News a demonstration of the Clorox Total 360 System on Friday. (credit: CBS3) The custodial team received special training and are now cleaning the terminal’s high touchpoints, like handrails and restrooms, with this specialized disinfectant that officials say kills germs quickly. (credit: CBS3) The airport now has six of these sprayers in operation.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A sign of hope in Philadelphia’s road to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. International flights will resume at the Philadelphia International Airport beginning Monday. But, there’s a lot to get done with logistics and schedules, so it’s unclear when flights will actually resume. These flights were banned for five months due to COVID-19.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Three Philadelphia women are accused of attacking airline employees in Florida. The incident was caught on camera. The incident happened at Fort Lauderdale Airport Tuesday night. Tempers flared after a Spirit Airlines flight to Philadelphia was delayed. Police say the women threw items at Spirit employees, including phones, shoes and water bottles. The employees suffered minor injuries.
    Three women from Philadelphia have been arrested and face battery charges after they got into a physical altercation with Spirit Airlines staff in Florida when their flight was delayed. Cell phone camera footage shows Danaysha Akia Cuthbert Dixon, 22, Kaira Candida Ferguson, 21, and Tymaya Monique Wright, 20, in a violent display at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday evening. The clip shows several women standing outside a gate inside the terminal throwing objects 'such as phones, shoes, full water bottles, metal boarding signs and fast food' at employees, according to police. 'The victims were also punched and kicked in different sections of their bodies numerous times,' the arrest report states. An altercation broke out at Fort Lauderdale Airport on Tuesday after a Spirit Airline flight to Philadelphia was delayed Pictured left to right: Tymaya Monique Wright, 20, Kaira Candida Ferguson, 21, and Danaysha Akia Cuthbert Dixon, 22...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia man is facing weapons charges after police say he tried to get on a plane at Philadelphia International Airport with a loaded gun. TSA officers say they detected the loaded handgun in the man’s carry-on bag as he tried to get through security on Tuesday. Credit: CBS3 The officers called Philadelphia police, who confiscated the gun and arrested the man.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Travelers are returning to the skies, albeit slowly. But is it safe? The TSA check at the Philadelphia International Airport is still quiet. Just a handful of passengers are coming through every few minutes. But there has been an uptick in travelers here and across the country for the first time in months. The Philadelphia International Airport is anticipating more than 400,000 passengers to travel through the airport in the month of June. That’s much greater than the number of passengers PHL served in the month of April, which was 120,000. Still, airport officials also anticipate that June passenger numbers will be down approximately 85% compared to June 2019. “We strongly believe that it’s safe to fly but we also really believe in personal responsibility,” Philadelphia International Airport spokesperson Florence Brown said. Coronavirus Cases Continue To Surge In Parts Of Country Where Officials Say Young People Are...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia International Airport celebrated its 80th birthday this weekend. It was 80 years ago Saturday that the airport was officially dedicated. This is how the airport looked in 1940. Credit: Philadelphia International Airport It has gone through incredible expansions and renovations since it opened. The airport now hosts 25 airlines.
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s capital airport will resume nonstop flights to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. in July, officials said Friday. Yeager Airport announced that American Airlines will restart the fights to Philadelphia International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on July 7 after pausing the routes because of the coronavirus pandemic. “This is an important step to get the ball rolling again,” said Nick Keller, Yeager Airport director. “We are happy to see the demand is there for American to bring these flights back to CRW.” TOP STORIES Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Trump: U.S. to designate Antifa as terrorist organization A news release from the airport asks that people visit its website for the latest virus safety guidelines. Sign up for Daily...
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