This is something I’ll never understand. Case in point, my flight this morning from San Francisco to Chicago. I was on the 747 that runs that route in the morning, and had a great upper deck window seat. This was by far the best non-international first class flight I’ve had in… ever! Why? I usually can’t sleep unless I have a flat bed, but I managed to get a solid three hours of sleep on this flight. I was out literally three minutes after takeoff, and was hoping I’d wake up to the “flight attendants, prepare for landing” announcement.
But thanks to the chatty purser (he actually referred to himself as “chief purser”), I was woken up about 20 minutes earlier than I had hoped. Why? Because he liked hearing the sound of his voice, and decided it would be helpful if he read the connecting gate information. First of all, when a flight is scheduled to arrive 20 minutes early, I don’t get the point of this. How long does it take to check the monitor in the terminal? Six seconds? Besides, they always end the announcement by saying that we should check the monitor in the terminal anyway since gate information can change.
But usually it’s not that bad, it’s just a dozen flights they read off. But I guess since this was a 747, people were connecting to just about everywhere. So for six minutes (I timed it) the purser rattled off connecting cities and gates in a generally hard to follow way. Not only does this interrupt those of us trying to sleep, but it also interrupts those trying to watch movies, listen to the audio, etc.
I know you love the sound of your voice, and maybe your intentions are actually good, but it really isn’t necessary.