I hate missing those quick announcements made at the gate of the flight I’m taking. They only play on a few speakers in the area and generally only half of the intended audience is there to hear them. Especially unfortunate is that those announcements usually have good information. Even worse, if someone is traveling with a hearing disability it is impossible to hear them and know what’s going on.
What if they were automatically and instantly recorded, interpreted to text and able to be SMS’ed to those who opted-in to a particular gate? Maybe a twitter feed for each gate even.