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The British airline Virgin Atlantic is planning to institute a whisper-only policy aboard its soon-to-be-launched Upper Class Dream Suite, reports Nancy Trejos for USA Today. Virgin has hired “whispering coaches” to train flight attendants to speak softly when lights are low and passengers are resting. Cabin seats are even equipped with buffers that make snoring inaudible.
Passengers, too, are expected to keep it down during resting time. “Down,” in this case, means 20 to 30 decibels, according to Trejos, who writes that 60 to 70 decibels is the normal speaking volume.
Richard Fitzgerald, a whispering coach, told Trejos via e-mail that whispering “soothes and relaxes passengers.”
But apparently this is only a First Class amenity. It would not surprise us if the lowly passengers in coach did not receive treatment below 90 decibels.
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