Leo the baggage robot spent time at Rio’s Tom Jobim International Airport this week, assisting busy passengers check in their bags.

Leo provides a glimpse into the future of baggage handling at airports which is being explored by SITA Lab, the technology research team at global IT provider SITA. Leo is a fully autonomous and self-propelling robot, which looks after passengers’ baggage.

This robot can check in a passenger, print bag tags and transport two suitcases. Rio’s Tom Jobim International Airport is the first stop on the robot’s tour of South America before heading to Argentina and Chile.

Elbson Quadros, SITA Vice President, Latin America, said: “Brazil’s airlines and airports are embracing the future, looking at new ways to manage the growing number of passengers. Technology can ease the way and we at SITA are happy to be exploring new ideas with our customer Azul.

“This robot demonstrates that innovations can transform the passenger experience. Leo uses robotics and artificial intelligence to get bags from check-in to loading onto the correct flight without ever having to enter the terminal building or be directly handled by anyone other than the passengers themselves.”