In-flight cell phones

Monday, August 1, 2005

The Des Moines (Iowa) Register

Let's hope the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communications Commission get the message.

Those are the federal agencies that would have to OK use of cell phones during flights.

Please don't. Flying these days poses enough aggravation without being subjected to dozens of fellow passengers simultaneously engaged in loud, one-way conversations.

Already, having to listen to cell-phone blather is a nuisance at the grocery store. In restaurants. Even at school board meetings. ...

At movie theaters, etiquette has (mostly) taken hold. Patrons usually turn off cell phones or put them on vibrate. That should catch on in other settings.

At the very least, cell-phone users should step out of the room.

That's a problem on airplanes.

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