The move is designed to make passengers pay attention to more critical announcements.

Singapore's Changi Airport
Credit: ROSLAN RAHMAN / Staff

Singapore’s Changi Airport, one of Southeast Asia’s largest transportation hubs, will no longer broadcast final boarding announcements.

The move was made to reduce terminal noise and help passengers focus on more essential announcements, according to the Straits Times.

“With more flights and passengers, maintaining the present frequency of announcements will mean noisier terminals and more interruptions in time to come,” Changi Airport Group spokesman Ivan Tan said, according the New Paper, a Singapore-based publication.

“One concern is that passengers may pay less attention to the announcements made over the public address system, crowding out the more critical announcements,” Tan added.

The decision means that passengers will need to keep an eye out on departure boards and watch the clock. Announcements will be used to page passengers directly with news on emergencies, lost children, recovered passports, flight delays and gate changes, the New Paper reports.

Changi’s terminals currently average one announcement every five minutes, Tan said, according to the outlet.