Alaska Airlines has a machine that 'prints' pancakes
Airport lounges offer travellers a place to relax, unwind and get away from the crowd while they wait for a flight, and airlines have gone to great lengths to make their lounges appealing to guests willing to pay for the privilege.
The airline's lounges have pancake "printing" machines that work at the push of a button, originally offered in Seattle and now with expanded hours of operation in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.
While a printed pancake is far from gourmet, it doesn't look any worse than a lot of airline fare. The airline says it was the first to bring the pancake machine to airport lounges.
"Rumour has it, certain frequent fliers even schedule their trips to the airport around the pancake machine's hours, which have been expanded to accommodate its popularity," the airline posted on its blog.
It's the brainchild of Marek Szymanski, who reportedly ate more than 1 million pancakes before finalising his prototype (he's not an employee of Alaska Airlines).
Watch it in action:
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