A name has been selected for the coronavirus-fighting robot that disinfects Key West International Airport.
R2Key2” was chosen because it salutes the fictional Star Wars robot R2D2 and the Keys.
The nearly 6-foot-tall robot disinfects the entire airport in 2 and a half hours.
The “name the robot” contest, staged Jan. 14, was part of the Florida Keys tourism council’s initiative to promote directives and safety protocols in place in the Keys to combat COVID-19, including mandatory masking requirements.
“While naming the robot is lighthearted in its nature, what we really are concerned about, and make a priority here in the Florida Keys, is protecting the health of our residents and our tourists,” said Keys Mayor Michelle Coldiron, who helped judge submissions and is also a tourism council board member.
“The robot is now keeping the Key West International Airport cleaner and safer for all who come through the Florida Keys.”