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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    FireMonkey, 20 Dec 2005 @ 10:46am

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    The idea of disabling cell phone traffic in theaters is apalling. Let's stop trying to cram manners down peoples' throats. It's your right to be a rude, talkative jackass in a theater.

    Theater operators, it is your right to remove rude, talkative jackasses from your theater... How about you all make it a rule that people that make excessive noise in theaters be removed without hesitation? I bet a rent-a-cop would be cheaper than jamming technology or a faraday cage.

    Besides, if you start to jam the signal(s), you're bound to get escalation. You get a jammer, jerks get a stronger signal, then you get a stronger jammer, then I switch to microwave transmission...

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