New and innovative ideas at British airports are nothing new. Numerous innovations have been tried and tested over the years with the rapid advances in the technology and aviation sectors, with some failing miserably and others becoming part of the normal routine of your average summer holiday. However, officials at Manchester Airport have taken this process one step further, with the airport all set to introduce something that perhaps seems more suited to the science-fiction movie industry.
Manchester Airport has installed two figures at Terminal 1, whose sole purpose for existing is to welcome passengers and inform them of security regulations regarding liquid restrictions. This all sounds quite normal, until you realise that the figures have been formed using holographic technology.
The technology makes use of real-life film of airport staff John Walsh and Julie Capper, with the virtual equivalent of the pair designed to ease the burden on their human equivalents at check-in and security. With airport staff still having to waste precious time and energy on reminding passengers of the up-to-date liquid restrictions for flights departing from Manchester Airport, the hope remains that imparting the knowledge in an instant and memorable way will make the message stick for longer than usual.
Whether or not the hopes for the holographic technology are adequately fulfilled at Manchester Airport does, of course, remain to be seen, but it is undoubtedly a creative employment of the sorts of advances in technology that all industries should be able to take full advantage of.