Posted in Miscellaneous, Travel


Yes. That’s a word that I hate to see on Airport monitors. Specially when they use Delayed in Red.

Sometimes, these monitors could be deceiving – like the one I am staring at, as I type this random post. They just say “Departs at 8:00 PM” under Remarks column whereas the “Scheduled” column says “6:16 PM”. How convincingly cunning and misleadingly comforting? Seriously.
I read somewhere that human brains process font colors very differently. My brain is probably tuned to react in a cautious negative way when I see some text in Red. Probably right from the school days. Teachers have a way of scaring students by using excessive Red ink to let kids know how much control they have on their test results. There are some who like to correct test papers with Red ink and want to convert test papers into an art play field. Squiggles, Circles, Check marks, Large Xs (normally to yell “YOU ARE WRONG HERE, HERE and HERE !”), Boxes, Numbers (fractions or decimals depending on the level of humiliation they want to throw at the kids), some prescription like comments and even some Unidentifiable symbols (UFS).
It is a cumulative effect. The effect of Red in our lives. Even as grown up adults, all of us are tuned to react to Red in a negative way….Be it traffic lights, status reports, bullfighting or the “Delayed” sign at airports.
Oh..yeah, talking about “Delayed” signs – my flight was delayed by about 2 hours tonight..Did I already tell you how much I hate to see that sign at airports?


Besides fantasizing about being a Peter Gibbons at least for a couple of days at my work, I think I have a long way to go to realize some of the other fantasies. But like any ambitious man out there, I will get there! Note: All views expressed in this blog are mine alone and have got nothing to do with my company Cogent IBS, Inc., its employees or any of its affiliates.

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