Picture this: You’re at the airport at 6 a.m., waiting in a too-long line for coffee, and announcements are blaring over the intercom. They’re loud, they’re annoying, and they won’t stop coming.
Fortunately for travelers Down Under, one airport is putting an end to the insanity. As Lonely Planet reports, Sydney Airport is the latest transportation hub to introduce a “quiet terminal” concept. Airport officials promise to broadcast only the most important announcements throughout the T1 international terminal.
“Passenger announcements have been significantly reduced, with boarding call and final call announcements confined to gate areas only,” the airport states on its website.
While this is good news for people who resent the constant reminders, travelers who have a habit of dawdling around in airport shops and losing track of the time will need to be more vigilant. In lieu of announcements, flight information will be provided on screens stationed throughout the terminal.
Airports in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Helsinki have undertaken similar measures to cut down on noise and promote relaxation. After all, vacation starts at the airport.
[h/t Lonely Planet]