By Dean Visser
Associated Press Writer
Thursday, December 27, 2001; 12:45 PM
SINGAPORE –– Instead of "this is your final boarding call," passengers at Singapore's Changi International Airport may be hearing: "Is that your final answer?"
Changi, an airport known for its luxury and efficiency, has launched a new trivia "game show" for passengers to play while they wait.
Up to 30 passengers at a time sit at electronic consoles while a host shouts out number-based questions such as the weight of a certain type of airliner.
The players key in two numbers – a minimum and maximum – and win more points if they give the correct answer within the smallest range. Points are tallied at the end of a 10-question round, and the winner walks away with a voucher worth about $540 to be used at airport shops.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore started "What's Your Range?" on Dec. 15 at a cost of $540,000.
"We noticed the worldwide revival of interest in game shows like 'Big Brother' and 'Survivor,' CAAS said in a statement. "At the same time, perennial favorites like 'Wheel of Fortune' and ('Who Wants to be a Millionaire?') were also receiving interest in new markets."
"Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" is wildly popular in Singapore; a local TV station airs a homegrown version of the game, which started in Britain. An American version became a runaway hit in the United States.
Changi International Airport, a major Asian air travel hub, is known its ritzy transit passenger facilities including an orchid garden, movie theater and swimming pool.
© 2001 The Associated Press