TSA hologram gets travelers doing a double take at COS Airport

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TSA avatar at Colorado Springs Airport / Christina Dawidowicz -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest traveling days of the year and AAA is projecting more than 48 million travelers this Thanksgiving – the most in 9 years.

But for those traveling out of the Colorado Springs Airport, it was a pleasant surprise.

“We were shocked, we were shocked,” said Julie Miller.

“It’s so much easier and we don’t have to pay a shuttle, or fight traffic or the parking in Denver,” said Douglas Henry.

To make things even easier is something a little different.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen it before. She’s still watching me,” said Jim Treadway.

It’s a TSA agent, sort of.

“She looks so real and she’s looking around with her eyes. She’s a little flat, but she looks really real,” Betty Smith said.

The TSA avatar looks like a real person and even has a belt. But, if you look on the other side, you’ll see she’s made of glass.

It’s part of a pilot project and looks like something you’d see in the movies.

“I’m surprised we haven’t seen this earlier,” Treadway said.

She was installed at the Colorado Springs Airport a couple of months ago and was made to proactively communicate with travelers as they go through security.

“I like it because she’s speaking and a lot of people don’t read you know, what the instructions are. So she’s demonstrating and showing you everything. So, as you’re in line with TSA you can kind of look and remind yourself with what you need, which is really cool,” Smith said.

A little something extra to help things move smoothly, during an especially busy time.

The Springs airport says they believe they had more passengers this year than last, but wont have final numbers until next month.

They believe it’s not just because of the holiday season, but also the extra flights added this year by Frontier Airlines.

Long term parking is normally $6 a day, but you can park there now for just $1 thanks to a holiday deal going on through December 31.

>> Click here to print a coupon.

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