A nice find on Failblog.org, reposted here in honor of that last great milestone of summer — Labor Day. How much do we love these airport Departure/Arrival screens? Designed to fulfill such a simple need, most of them suffer from such a simple yet stifling usability gaffe. They cycle through the flights, gates, and city info waaay too fast. They mean well. They do. But it doesn’t matter how big the screens or the font size is, most of us still need time to sort out our ABCs. “N is after L in the alphabet, okay. Okay.. ah-ha! New York.” But no sooner you find your flight it’s gone isn’t it, refreshed in a column over, or two, or three TV panels away.
Slooow down, Airport Flight Departure Information screens. We’re in a hurry but we ain’t going that fast. We’re not machines like you. Not yet.
And get that anti-virus updated. It’s a sick world out there.