Short Takes : Airport Announcer Is No Star

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From Times Wire Services

The “no parking in the white zone” announcement in “Airplane!” hasn’t made Doc Taylor a celebrity to airport workers. And that’s how Taylor prefers it.

“Poor guys, they have to hear my voice over and over again, all day long. If they ever find out who I am, they’ll kill me,” said Taylor, 69, whose voice was heard by millions in the 1980 hit movie.

A professional message recorder with his own company, Taylor has been the voice of authority at Los Angeles International Airport and several other airports for 24 years.


In Los Angeles, he repeats to thousands of drivers who pull up to the curb: “The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. No parking.”

At the airport in Phoenix, Taylor reminds people there is “no smoking in the terminal. Please smoke only in designated area.”

He’s also used by some local car rental agencies in those messages reminding customers to leave the keys in the car, note the mileage and “please check for personal belongings.”