“Bonjour! I invite you to go to your boarding gate. Paris Airports wishes you a bon voyage,” the attendant in front of you smiles. Except he isn’t really in front of you–he’s not real. He’s a hologram at Paris’ Orly Airport Hall 40.
Paris’ smaller, secondary Orly Airport serves primarily flights headed south towards Corisica. Recently its Hall 40 received a bit of an upgrade. In addition to creating additional seating and room for 400 waiting passengers, they also installed these incredible Holographic Boarding Agents (hint: it’s the guy on the left.)
Now, these agents aren’t the free-standing “Obi-Wan, You’re My Only Hope” sort of holograms we’ve been promised since the ’70s. Instead, a prerecorded video image is rear-projected onto a human-shaped piece of Plexiglass to alert passengers when and where to get on their flight. And while it won’t be able to tear a ticket like a real attendant, Orly authorities hope that they will provide a more intuitive means of displaying boarding info. According to officials, the 2D agents have received a generally positive. “Children like it, it’s fun. They’re attracted to it and try to play with it,” Didier Leroy, the airport’s director of operations, told the AP.