Airports Are Inventing Ways to Deliver Food, Drinks and More Direct to Your Gate
Starting this week, travelers at Baltimore/Washington International Airport won’t ever need to leave their gate.
Airport Sherpa is a new app (currently available on iOS) that works like Seamless, but for the airport. Travelers can input their flight information and the app will present a list of food, beverages, and other items that are available to purchase from around the airport.
Items are available for pick-up, but for those with particularly tight connections or those who don’t want to lose their seat at the gate, there’s also delivery (for a fee of $3.99 to $7.99).
For those ordering delivery to the gate, Airport Sherpa has precautions in place to make sure delivery takes places before gate agents announce boarding, according to USA Today.
The service will even work across terminals — say, for example, a favorite store or restaurant that isn’t readily available to customers. Travelers can place orders for their items (that day’s newspaper, phone chargers or lattes) up to one week in advance.
Airport Sherpa has plans to soon expand to other airports.
And in August, a similar service called At Your Gate will launch at San Diego International Airport. For a $6.99 flat delivery fee, At Your Gate will give travelers a 10-minute window within which they can expect their items.
Gateside ordering is not an altogether new concept in airports. Over the past few years, select airports around the country have introduced mobile snack carts that bring food and beverages to passengers at their gate. Travelers at 18 different airports around the country can also use the app Grab to pre-order food and pick it up when it’s ready.