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Cartoon: If FCC Allows In-Flight Cellphones
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Joe Stanganelli
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9/22/2014 | 12:30:20 PM
bah
No doubt the "I'm on the plane" folks are rather silly, but I don't get the antipathy toward public cellphone use; it's no different in terms of how it affects others than carrying on a face-to-face conversation in public.  I think people only hate public cellphone talkers because they can't hear the other side of the conversation.
Laurianne
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9/22/2014 | 4:32:08 PM
Re: bah
Well played. PS: These are going to be the same folks who still Tweet "wheels down." Remember when that was novel?
Joe Stanganelli
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9/23/2014 | 2:23:11 AM
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Re: "For non technical, we use the term "being bored" when one person is busy on their smartphones and not paying attention to us."

@SachinEE: For my own part, I definitely would not necessarily want a stranger to pay undue attention to me on a plane or other public transit.  I've no problem with them whipping out the old iPhone or Android then.  :p
Joe Stanganelli
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9/23/2014 | 2:30:41 AM
Re: Apparently, you must be one of them
@asksqn: Been there, done that.

I can't imagine someone being on a cell phone conversation for multiple hours.  Certainly, anything that lasted a lengthy period of time right next to me could be frustrating, but I'm not going to begrudge someone 5-10 minutes on their phone as long as they're not shouting.

More problematic are the screaming children, as well as the adults who half-shout at each other across the aisle.

Maybe a good solution is this: Children and people who want to have conversations in the back, people who want to be able to talk on their phones in the middle, and everyone who just wants some piece and quiet in the front.


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