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Touchless options expand as 'Grab' is introduced at TPA's busiest restaurant

There's something about waffle fries and a chicken sandwich before or after a flight – at least according to Tampa International Airport passengers. 

Already the Airport’s busiest restaurant, guests can now get "mor chikin" with just a few clicks on their mobile devices using the new Grab feature at Chick-fil-A in the Main Terminal.

This new option allows passengers to scan a QR code to check the menu, order and pay – allowing for a touch-free experience with plenty of room for social distancing. 

The popular quick serve joint’s new feature is just one example of how TPA’s shops and restaurants are going touch-free in the era of COVID-19. 

Touch-free options at TPA don't stop at Chick-fil-A, though. Other restaurants and shops throughout the Airport have introduced Apple Pay, self-checkout, Visa Contactless Pay, virtual menus and disposable paper menus. Shops and restaurants have installed acrylic shields at the registers along with social distancing floor markings. They have also upped disinfecting measures, and all employees are required to wear face masks while working.

"We continue to do all we can to keep our passengers and employees as safe as possible," said Laurie Noyes, Vice President of Concessions and Commercial Parking at TPA. "As new technology or touchless options become available, we're working with our concessionaires to make these available to our guests." 

The Airport has also installed two Ready Credit machines which allow travelers or employees to turn their cash into a pre-paid debit card, adding another low-touch payment option. The machines, located on the ticketing level, charge a $5 activation fee, allow for any amount of funds up to $1,000 to be added and aid guests in going cashless.

At the lowest point of passenger volume, only 16 shops and restaurants remained open at TPA. Today, 29 concepts are in service. The Airport team plans to continue opening restaurants as passenger numbers increase. To see which dining options are available now, visit:https://www.tampaairport.com/restaurants. 

Want to learn more about touchless options at the Airport? Check out:https://news.tampaairport.com/tpa-ready-update-5-ways-to-go-touchless-at-tpa/