|Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 1):|
My closest guess (which took me a while to come to) is that it's an automated voice and that someone types in what it's going to say and it says it. Not a real human voice.
Working at CLE
airport ops, I can tell you this:
If you hear a giggly female voice that repeats the same thing, "May I have your attention please...federal law prohibits solicitation by transportation companies [...] C..L..E..Going places" then yes, this is a pre-recorded message.
Anything else is a real person. Most of the time, the PAs come from people at the information desk, who can be a little "different" sometimes. When they are not there, airport ops handles it. For those people who work at CLE
, or travel out of CLE
a lot, you may have even heard me do a Public Announcement, often for little things such as, "will Jane Doe, please report to gate C-7 for a lost article" or "This is the last call for Southwest Flight 1234, with service to Chicago, departing gate B-9."
Just for fun, an actual occurrence. I wasn't there, but I "heard this through the grapevine," so I thought I'd share: Last week, an airline employee propped open a SIDA door (a big no-no), while talking to a fellow co-worker. The Ops agents could see what the employees were doing on our security cameras, and the alarms for an ajar door were going crazy. So a city ops agent goes over the PA, "Will the employee at the SIDA door near Baggage Claim 6 please close the door." The employee keeps talking. Ops agent repeats, "I repeat, will the employee at the SIDA door near Baggage Claim 6 please close the door." Nothing. So the ops agent finally says something along the lines of [in a aggravated voice], "Will the employees jibber-jabbering about life please take your little conversation away from my door!" It worked. And the phone lines for airport ops were flooded with passengers and other airline employees going, "What was that announcement all about?"