Movie Theater Owners Hope To Jam Up Phone Users

from the this-won't-make-the-films-any-better dept

Actively blocking radio signals is illegal in the US, but a group of movie theater owners plans to petition the FCC for permission to jam cell phone signals in their theaters to try to cut down on rude behavior. While we get annoyed by morons answering their phones during movies as much as anyone, letting theater owners block the signals seems a little bit extreme, as well as tempting a lawsuit from an angry parent when their kid's babysitter can't get through to tell them he swallowed some antifreeze. There's little question that movie theaters need to improve the movie-going experience, but assuming that everybody that comes in with a phone is going to be rude and talk on it during the film isn't the way to do it. In any case, jamming radio signals is illegal, with good reason, and "to stop rudeness" really isn't valid justification for making an exception.

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    Jim, 19 Dec 2005 @ 7:00pm

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    please stop using the, "what did people do before cell phones" argument. It is old and invalid.

    Thats like saying we should ban cars cause hey, "what did we do before cars? we survived, we dont need em"

    Times have changed, cell phones or some type of communication device is here to stay. Granted, the babysitter should call 911 first, if i was a parent, I would want to know that my child is in the hospital.

    Forget the babysitter, how about your own mother? She has a heart attack and is in critical condition in the hospital and she isnt going to make it thru the night. Someone is trying to call you to let you know so that you can be with your mother in her last hours, but they cant get thru to you because of the blocking. Is it really worth it? Is having a ring-free movie experience worth the risk of not being able to tell your mom goodbye and that you love her? I dont think so.

    Simple solution like one of the movie managers here already implements is one strike and your out. If your cell phone makes an audible ring during the movie, you will be asked to leave, simple as that. Would that really be that hard to implement? And guess what, it costs the theatre ZERO dollars to implement this.

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