What do you think of "silent airports"?

Travel Forums General Talk What do you think of "silent airports"?

1. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 613 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

I just read they plan on turning Sydney airport into a silent airport, which means there will be no more call to board announcements or those report unattended luggage recordings. They say in airports that have already done this, it reduces stress and makes for a more pleasant environment. I myself thought the silence at Helsinki airport did make things more relaxing than other airports so I do think there might be something positive to it ;). What do other people think. Do you like the idea of airports without constant annoucements or do you perhaps find these announcements useful

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Sep-2018, at 07:19 by Teoni ]

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

I agree a silent airport is more pleasant but I think that the announcements are useful for boarding calls and missing passengers. At Helsinki airport last year I actually nearly missed my flight because I was sitting very near the gate but with my back to it and was listening out for the announcement that my flight was boarding. I happened to glance back at the gate, thinking that surely we must be boarding by now, and discovered that I was one of 2 passengers that Finnair were waiting for!

It would be interesting to see if there are any before and after stats for airports who have adopted the silent policy, for example are more people boarding late or missing flights than before the change was made.

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 832 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

I had the same experience in Madrid where they were not making announcements about boarding. I think they could do away with the unattended luggage announcements but they still need to announce boarding and gates.

4. Posted by Dymphna (Budding Member 89 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Yeah, there are some announcements that need to be made. Most gate announcements do not go much further than that gate and need to happen. But much of the noise could go away.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2122 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

I kind of like the announcements for flights and when they are looking for missing passengers. (Could be me me dozing nearby!)

I have had flights that have departed earlier than scheduled because of pending typhoons or to beat out a snowstorm that would close an airport down. I could be wandering around the airport thinking I had time enough for exploring when the plane is actually loading up.

6. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 613 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

I kind of like the announcements for flights and when they are looking for missing passengers. (Could be me me dozing nearby!)

I have had flights that have departed earlier than scheduled because of pending typhoons or to beat out a snowstorm that would close an airport down. I could be wandering around the airport thinking I had time enough for exploring when the plane is actually loading up.

I was assuming that if there was a change in flight schedule that would be something they would announce Though one argument I read in defense of the Sydney proposal was that people can check the flights on the information boards. But I do agree it would be interesting to see in airports that have made the change what the numbers on missed flights are, though I would think given enough time people would readjust their behaviour patterns to suit the new environment and so the number missing flights should go down over time.

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 753 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

We once nearly missed a flight because we were both reading and lost track of the time - this was at Heathrow where routine 'gate open' announcements aren't made, you have to check the info boards. But they do make calls for late passengers and when it's not my name being called I quite like to hear those and wonder about who it is and why they are late ;)

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 832 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Having people watch the info boards only works if there is someplace they can sit and watch. And of course if the boards are updated timely. In Madrid, they were not making announcements and the big information board was in a big empty space. We had a couple of hours so before our plane and they did not post the gates that far in advance. There was no place that we could sit and watch for the gate and I certainly was not going to stand there and wait.

Sometimes I go to the gate on the board and the flight on the gate board is a different flight which leaves before my flight. So while I'm sitting there, they change the gate on my flight to a different gate. This is sometimes an unwelcome surprise - no one knows that we have assembled at the first gate so unless I have enabled notifications on my phone, there's no way for us to know.

9. Posted by Dymphna (Budding Member 89 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

Having people watch the info boards only works if there is someplace they can sit and watch. And of course if the boards are updated timely. In Madrid, they were not making announcements and the big information board was in a big empty space. We had a couple of hours so before our plane and they did not post the gates that far in advance. There was no place that we could sit and watch for the gate and I certainly was not going to stand there and wait.

Sometimes I go to the gate on the board and the flight on the gate board is a different flight which leaves before my flight. So while I'm sitting there, they change the gate on my flight to a different gate. This is sometimes an unwelcome surprise - no one knows that we have assembled at the first gate so unless I have enabled notifications on my phone, there's no way for us to know.

Not to mention that the boards are often behind you or way far away from the seating area.