While most airport lounges buzz with boarding announcements – something which I actually find quite enjoyable, as flights to far-flung destinations are called and travellers set out on their journey – every now and again you encounter a 'silent lounge'.
That’s the jargon for a lounge where no flight announcements are made, except in the case of serious delays.
The upside is blissful silence: you can relax without the constant barrage of boarding calls and notification of delayed flights
The downside? It’s 100% your responsibility to be at the boarding gate on time.
You can’t rely on that “final boarding call” or even somebody paging you by name to proceed immediately to gate such-and-such.
Here are five simple tips to avoid being that person frantically dashing through the airport to make their flight.
1. On your first visit to a new lounge, ask at the service desk if they make boarding calls. It doesn't get any easier than that.
2. Also ask how long it will take to get from the lounge to the boarding gate for your flight. Allow extra time if you've got to wheel a trolley bag through the crowds and if there is an additional layer of security at the boarding gate, such as at Singapore.
3. Now that you know how long it’ll take to get to the gate, set an alarm on your smartphone for the appropriate time to leave the lounge.
4. As an added precaution, download the app for the airline or airport – or tap into apps such as Tripit and Flighty – to get boarding alerts as well as keeping tabs on changes to the gate or departure time.
5. A more low-tech approach is to sit near one of the video monitors which list each departure and keep an eye on it as your flight time gets closer.