Talking Airport Waiting Areas

This is what any few minutes at any airport in India sounds like. (Have someone read this out LOUD in your ears as you try and concentrate on doing any activity.)

“Announcing the departure of Jet Airways flight 9W 469 to Mumbai. All passengers are requested to proceed to gate number 5 for boarding.”

“Kingfisher regrets to announce a delay of its flight IT 136 to Hyderabad. The new departure time is expected to be 1830 hours, I repeat, 1830 hours. We are extremely sorry for this delay.”

“This is a paging announcement for Mr. Haresh Shah, repeat, Mr. Haresh Shah, travelling on flight 9W 469 to Mumbai. Mr Haresh Shah, you are requested to immediately proceed to gate 5 for boarding.”

“Announcing the departure of Jet Airways flight 9W 469 to Mumbai. All passengers are requested to proceed to gate number 5 for boarding.”

“Go Air flight G8 145 to Delhi is now ready for departure.  All passengers are requested to proceed to gate number 3 for boarding.”

“This is the last and final call, repeat, last and final call, for flight 9W 469, repeat 9W 469, to Mumbai.  All passengers are requested to proceed to gate number 5 for boarding.”

… and so on …

This string of announcements continues till the last aircraft has left for the day.

The Indians who travel by aircraft are presumably literate and can read. There are screens everywhere giving details on flight departures and their status.  Presumably, passengers who have paid for tickets to travel are also interested in getting on the flights. Can we therefore try silence?

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