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This Tiny Robot at Seattle Airport Will Bring You Food to Your Gate

News Airports + Flying
by Jori Ayers Sep 22, 2021

At Seattle-Tacoma Airport, visitors will begin to see tiny robots scooting around the airport terminals. But there’s no need to be concerned, they are here to help to deliver food via OrderSEA to passengers while they wait at their departure gate.

Seattle-Tacoma Airport introduced a new mobile ordering service OrderSEA, which links travelers to 16 airport restaurants that they can order from when they are crunched for time — or just want to take a load off.

The service also includes gate delivery from a robot named Gita. Gita can carry up to 40 pounds of food and deliver it to where it needs to be with a $2.99 fee.

OrderSEA’s service provides food from restaurants like McDonald’s, Trail Head BBQ Bar, Dungeness Seafood House, and more options. Once you place your order online, the app will tell you how long it will take, and if you are in a rush, you can include the Gita robot service.

“Technology can make your airport experience more flexible and less stressful,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Sam Cho in a press release. “OrderSEA means travelers can skip standing in a crowded line, the least fun and most stressful part of any trip.”

Since the soft launch earlier this summer, the OrderSEA has had over 1,200 orders and 500 gate deliveries. For now, the robot will be accompanied by someone, but as demand grows, the robots will soon be wheeling around unaccompanied.

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