If you’re even a moderate frequent flyer, you’ve undoubtedly heard a warning siren when sitting at your airport gate, waiting for a flight.
While a siren is supposed to get your attention, most passengers don’t move a muscle.
I was reminded of this when the lead singer of the band Sister Hazel (yes, they’re still making new music and touring) posted this on Facebook today about a Woop-Woop-Woop siren at ATL and the notice that “An emergency has been reported in the building. Please stand by for further instructions.”
To be honest, I think most of us have become desensitized to warning alarms. I can’t count the number of times when I’ve been sitting at the gate waiting for a plane and a random alarm went off because someone opened a door before typing in the appropriate code.
After you’ve heard an alarm beeping endlessly with seemingly none of the people around it doing anything to make it stop, as a layperson, you assume it’s no big deal and also ignore it.
But what if it was an emergency? Maybe someone with nefarious intents sneaked from the gate to the tarmac to hide something on a plane. Would anyone notice? Honestly, I’m not sure.
And as a final note, if no one pays attention to the warning sirens at the airport, why do they exist? Are they like the blinking lights at the hospital or nursing home where no one notices them unless they’ve stopped blinking?
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