PHILADELPHIA — Travelers in the Philadelphia International Airport have a new way to get a bite to eat.
The airport announced Monday that it has launched a new food delivery option that uses a robot to bring travelers their orders.
Now through April, travelers at the airport can have food delivered by a “droid,” proving contactless food delivers.
The unit is part of a robotic food delivery pilot program being launched through OrderAtPHL.com, PHL Food & Shops’ contactless food ordering program.
The droid, also known as “gita,” can carry up to 40 pounds and features a cargo bin to hold orders. Travelers are able to open the bin and remove their items themselves.
“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. We are thrilled to offer this feature as part of the seamless contactless ordering experience at PHL.”
The gita uses Bluetooth to communicate with an AtYourGate team member and uses visual sensors to follow the AtYourGate representative through the airport.
Travelers can order food and merchandise from a variety of Philadelphia International Airport businesses by visiting orderatphl.com or using the Grab app and have an AtYourGate team member deliver the items to the travelers’ locations at PHL.