The future of bag drops? New robot Leo meets flyers outside the terminal, scans their boarding passes and takes luggage away

  • New technology is being trialled at Geneva Airport Terminal 1 this month
  • After scanning your boarding pass, the robot will take your bags inside 
  • It's hoped the robot will speed up check-in and reduce congestion inside

Instead of looking for the check-in desk to drop off your luggage at an airport, you could be leaving your bags outside of the terminal with a robotic baggage handler in the future.

The new technology, which is being trialled this month at Geneva airport's Terminal 1, takes the luggage into the terminal on its own, allowing passengers to go straight through to security.

It is hoped that the robot will speed up the check-in process at airports and reduce congestion within the terminal itself.

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New technology that will let you drop off your luggage at the entrance of the airport is being trialled in Geneva

After scanning your boarding pass, you'll be instructed to affix the printed luggage tags onto your bag

Above, a close up of the user interface. You will be given a receipt for your bag and the compartment will be secured after the drop off is complete

The fully autonomous robot is named Leo, after the famous artist Leonardo da Vinci.  

It has been developed by IT specialists SITA, who also produced a video to show the public how it worked.

In the video, a passenger is seen scanning her boarding pass first before the screen gives her instructions to load her luggage into one of two designated compartments.

The machine then prints a luggage tag, which she has to attach to the handle.

After this is done, the compartment closes and locks.

Leo then prints out a luggage receipt, before making its way into the terminal.

The robot is said to be 'fully autonomous' and 'self-propelling', meaning that it will by-pass objects and people walking past to unload the bags. 

The machine is named Leo. It's fully automated so that it can take your bags to the drop off area without any human interaction. It will even avoid obstacles

Passengers using Leo will have to have checked in already and have their boarding passes to hand to use the scanners on the machine

It will handle up to two suitcases with a maximum weight of 32kg (5 stones).

A spokeswoman for SITA told MailOnline Travel: 'Passengers would have had to check in online before arriving at the airport. Leo then helps them with their bag drop without having to go into the terminal building. 

'Once the bag has been tagged and securely placed in the baggage robot, it will take it directly to the baggage handling area while the passengers can then proceed straight to the gate.'

She added: 'Leo was trialled at Geneva Airport during the first two weeks of May. 

'It has now travelled to Barcelona for SITA's annual Air Transport IT Summit.' 

Although the robot was trialled for just two weeks so far, the feedback for the early prototype is said to be 'positive'.

Passengers featured on the promotional video said that the system was very fast as they 'didn't have to queue'.

Travellers still have the opportunity to try the new technology out as Leo will return to Geneva at the end of May.

You still have the opportunity to try the new technology out as Leo will return to Geneva at the end of May

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