San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is prohibiting loud gate announcements as part of its new “Quiet Airport” program. Finally a prohibition I can sign onto…
SFO Quiet Airport Program
SFO is already one of my favorite airports in the world. I love the ease of connectivity between the airport and San Francisco via BART. I love the artwork and aviation-related museum pieces on display (the airport also has a dedicated aviation museum). And I love the beautiful outdoor terrace. There’s also plenty of natural light and nice eating options. And the airport is about to get even better.
One of the things I love about airports in Nordic countries is that you can hear a pin drop. Sure, I love the wooden floors too, but the beautiful sound of silence is to be savored. No music. Few, if any, announcements. No annoying updates from Carolyn Hopkins (as much as I love her).
That absence of sound is now present at SFO. Gate announcements are now made only the gate and at a volume 40% lower than in the past.
🔇 As travelers return to #SFO, changes in the airport experience will be immediately visible, such as mandatory 😷, physical distancing markers, clear protective barriers and hand sanitizer stations. SFO terminals are also going quiet. #TravelWell
— San Francisco International Airport (SFO) ✈️ (@flySFO) September 14, 2020
Look, we live in an era of smartphones and smartwatches which alert us when our flight begins to board. At the very least, airport monitor indicate when boarding has commenced and if you’re paying any sort of attention, you’ll know that if boarding starts at 10:00AM you should head to your gate around that time.
I greatly welcome the reduction in noise at SFO!
While I may not be a fan of the ban on plastic water bottles, I appreciate that SFO is taking steps (even now) to eliminate noise pollution. I think all U.S. airports would be better off doing the same.
How do you feel about gate announcements?
(H/T: View from the Wing // image: SFO)