Manchester Airport unveils holograms
Fri, 28 Jan, 2011
Manchester Airport has unveiled a unique method of briefing its passengers on security preparation.
Those passing through Terminal 1 will now be greeted by two holograms, who will inform them about liquid restrictions and advise them to have their boarding cards to hand.
Using technology developed alongside Musion, the images are beamed on to a specialised texture which is "carefully prepared" as it is constructed to ensure "maximum transparency and strength".
According to the facility, the simulacrums are so life-like that some travellers have been seen trying to present them with their passports.
The recordings used in the new technology were supplied by real customer service staff, in the form of Julie Capper and John Walsh.
Julie Armstrong, customer services director at Manchester Airport, commented: "We've tried lots of different ways to reinforce the liquid rules, from posters to people dressed up as giant deodorant cans! Maybe holograms are the answer."
Holograms are well-known for their use in the band Gorillaz, a musical project created by former Blur frontman Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett.