Alaska Airlines Lets Travelers Print Pancakes in Their Lounges
The company has a breakfast-printing device in its Board Room for passengers
Passengers on Alaska Airlines can quickly grab a pancake or two before boarding their plane at each of the air carrier’s Board Room locations and it’s all thanks to a pancake machine.
The pancake machine is basically a large device that prints out fluffy pancakes. You push a button and out comes a yummy pancake at the side of the machine. The pancakes are made from a custom pancake mix that only includes fresh, healthy, and all-natural ingredients.
The airlines was the first in the United States to bring the pancake machine to its lounges about four years ago, and the pancake machine was the first of its kind to be placed at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Currently, units of the nifty pancake machine are available in Alaska Airlines Board Rooms at Anchorage, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles. Although the pancake machine has been around for a few years, it has become so popular with the airline’s passengers that the company had to expand the hours that pancakes are available.
Jean Hill, a supervisor at the airlines’ Seattle Board Room, boasts, “Kids love it. Adults love it. Everybody loves it.”
According to their blog, Alaska Airlines even says there are rumors that frequent fliers schedule their trips to the airports that have these machines during pancake machine hours.
The device was created by Polish-Australian inventor Marek Szymanski who designed the device to automate the pancake-making process for breakfasts with the family. The inventor created a number of prototypes between the year 2000 to 2004 and apparently made over a million pancakes in the process until he was able to finalize the machine into what it is today. The machine is distributed by Popcake North America.
Mike Genereaux, Vice President of Sales for Popcake North America, says, “The first machine, really it was like ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ breaking the eggs and making the batter from scratch.”
According to Genereaux, there are over 7,000 units of the pancake machine all over the globe and they can be found in different locations including university dining halls, hotels, and casinos. Some are also owned by individuals.