Airport announcements are taking a novel twist in the US as some public address systems are using celebrity voices to attract attention. Tired of being ignored after the characteristic ‘ping-pong’ sound, PA announcers have moved to include famous and distinctive voices to encourage people to listen to the warnings, notices and greetings.
Nashville Airport in Tennessee is one of the airports utilising the idea, with country music singer Lee Ann Womack providing a welcome message to those entering the city.
However, the concept of using celebrity voices at airports has been around for some time – Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport has had famous voices making announcements since the early 1970s.
Randall Walker, airport director, told USA Today: "The messages are all funny and clever. The whole concept is to grab people’s attention. If people don’t pay attention, then it has no effect."
Famous voices at the Las Vegas airport include Bill Cosby, Dick Clark, Rodney Dangerfield and Rich Little.