The Paris-Orly airport in France is testing virtual boarding agents that greet passengers as they enter through the boarding gates. The life-like 2D hologram images are projected onto a human-shaped plexiglass. The virtual agent appears with a press of a button to signal the start of boarding. The flight destination flashes in front of the virtual assistant and is accompanied by an automated message,
Bonjour! I invite you to go to your boarding gate. Paris Airports wishes you a bon voyage.
The virtual agent has had a largely positive response with amused and surprised travelers. Airport officials hope this technology will make wayfinding clearer for passengers in comparison to the traditional electronic displays.