San Jose International Airport's newest employees resemble which TV character?

Answer: Rosie, the Jetson family's robot maid

by News Staff / October 27, 2016
The Jetsons family: (left to right, top row) Rosie (the robot maid), George, Jane, and Judy; (bottom row) Astro (the dog), Elroy.Image via Wikipedia

On Oct. 25, San Jose International Airport in California introduced three new “employees” who were hired, so to speak, to help travelers find their way around the airport — three robots named Norma, Piper and Amelia.

Described by The San Jose Mercury News as triplets, each of their names pays tribute to a certain person: aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, airplane manufacturer William Piper and airport namesake Norman Mineta, who also is a former San Jose mayor, U.S. representative and U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Each robot — which are stationed at Gates 11, 21 and 25 — has a large touch screen that airport-goers can use to find shops, restaurants and gates. The San Jose Mercury News reports that they are the first of their kind in a U.S. airport, and the program's $120,000 price tag was paid for by the airport’s concessionaires.