Seen here soliciting a wave from a young passenger, a member of a Paris airport's holographic staff welcomes flyers aboard their flight. GOOD -- I hate those real workers. *stuffing little brother in suitcase*
In Paris, one major airport is piloting a test program that replaces gate workers with holographic projections that look just like the real thing -- and they don't ever seem frustrated about that extra carry-on you tried to sneak on board.
When it's nearly time to bust out your boarding pass, a living, breathing boarding agent can push a button to fire up the holograms, which then do part of the work, welcoming passengers and providing information about the status of the flight. The projections, which are beamed onto a human-shaped piece of plexiglass, look and sound like the real thing.
No word if the holographic workers are permitted to grant free first-class upgrades, but you better believe I'm gonna drunkenly yell at one until it does.
Hit the jump for a video demo.
Thanks to Zanshin, who agrees hiring a human worker to push a button to activate a holgoraphic worker almost makes too much sense.