Karaoke At An Unlikely Venue: The Airport Karaoke has come to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The karaoke stations are an experiment, an effort to soothe the nervous and calm the impatient. Many passengers are showing off their skills.

Karaoke At An Unlikely Venue: The Airport

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

But let's not leave music just to the professionals.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Music is in the air in Houston. Actually, it's on the ground, in the terminal for all to hear and all to make. Karaoke has come to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

(Soundbite of song "Blue Christmas")

Mr. ROBERT LAMMY(ph) (Security Officer, George Bush Intercontinental Airport): (Singing) I'll have a blue Christmas without you.

BLOCK: That's Robert Lammy. He works security inside the airport. And he stopped to sing that Elvis hit "Blue Christmas" the other day between terminals D and E.

NORRIS: This holiday season, the airport decided that while you're waiting to take off, you might as well sing out. So on his way home to Sacramento, Jeff Zimbleman(ph) stepped onto the tiny stage.

(Soundbite of song "Oh, Holy Night")

Mr. JEFF ZIMBLEMAN: (Singing) Fall on your knees. Oh, hear the angel voices. Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born.

BLOCK: The karaoke stations are an experiment, an effort to soothe the nervous and calm the impatient. Amy Walkovich(ph) was headed to the Virgin Islands for a vacation, and she stopped to give fellow passengers a treat.

(Soundbite of song "Santa Baby")

Ms. AMY WALKOVICH: (Singing) Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight. Santa baby, an out-of-space convertible too, light blue. I'll wait up for you dear. Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight.

NORRIS: No word yet on whether passengers with a demonstrated talent for song will get preferential treatment in security lines at the Houston airport or if off-key passengers might be put on some kind of no-sing list.

BLOCK: Our thanks to Laurie Johnson of Houston Public Radio for recording the airport karaoke singers for us.

(Soundbite of song "Santa Baby")

Ms. WALKOVICH: (Singing) If you'd check off my Christmas list Boo doo bee doo. Santa honey, I wanna yacht and really that's, Not a lot. I've been an angel all year. Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

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