of how we lose our freedom at the hands government by the demands of corporate America. Like always, the reason sounds nice on the surface. In this case, movie theater owners are trying to silence cell phones in their seats.
Many hospitals have signs informing people to turn their phones off. Some strip clubs inspect phones to ensure they don’t have cameras on them. Airlines make reminder announcements to turn phones off. This isn’t good enough for theaters, who want federal authority to jam cellular frequencies:
Fithian said owners were considering other steps if that does not work.
“We will actually petition the Federal Communications (Commission) to remove the block” on jamming cell phones, he said.
That may be difficult, since federal law and FCC rules prohibit the use of cell phone jammers.
The industry is broadly trying to increase interest in the movies.
I guess they’re not too interested in doctors (or others constantly on call) being in their audiences.
UPDATE: OK, OK. Poor posting. I was trying to make two points. One is that it appears they will try to use corporate influence to obtain special licensing others aren’t afforded (I can’t legally run a cell phone jammer at my business). The other had nothing to do with libertarianism, just stupidity. What they propose will eliminate their best repeat customers (doctors, military and emergency personnel and others who are frequently on call). With rules like that, neither my wife nor me (nor my stock broker friend, military nephew, etc.) could go to the movies any more. All they have to do is request that people turn their ringers off. Vibrate works just fine in situations like this.