questionshow do you feel about cell phone jamming?

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Old article, but there are places I think it would be appropriate - such as in schools while school is in session. I was in a school in the Spokane area a few years ago that supposedly does jam cell phones during school hours. Reportedly it cuts down on cheating during tests and drug deals. IF that's true, I could accept it. No reason for a 16 YO to be on the phone during school.

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@mtm2: While the article is old, what the FCC is asking is not so I felt it was appropriate for my question.

I understand what you said about the school situation but I cannot agree with you. I agree with you about there being no reason to have a cell phone in school, but it seems that we are steadily having our freedoms chipped away under the guise of "public safety" or some other trumped up reason.

A spokesman for BART said; "This was the appropriate tool to ensure our customers’ safety and ensure their First Amendment rights to the best we could under these difficult times," IMO what he was actually saying was along the lines of we don't want a protest that would make BART look bad so screw the rights of the people.

What's next? This is a slippery slope where we all would lose!

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I think we need much more of it, especially in nyc.

My gf is a teacher and I definitely want to get her a jammer for her classroom.

Especially since they are planning to get cell reception in the subwas soon....ugh. They should allow data but not calls.

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@portezbie: Remember the Columbine shootings? If so you should also remember that students and teachers were able to call 911 from the school. They were able to give accounts of where the shooters were, how many were injured and what they were seeing.

If the phones were jammed it could have been much worse.

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i think it is illegal in the US without a court order. and this has been discussed before when there was a "deal" posted selling them.

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@moosezilla: My original question referred to the FCC questioning if jamming should be made legal in certain situations.

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I'm going to say outright I'm violating the rules because I didn't read the article.

But I don't agree with jamming in any circumstance. What about emergencies? We just had a school shooting the other day - what if the only way 911 could be called was via a cell phone, but the cells were jammed? Same goes with an theater production or other areas where phones would be "annoying".

We need to train society to be polite, not jam the airwaves for everyone. Besides, with smartphoens and data plans mainstream, there are plenty of things that require cell service (data) but are not disruptive to others.

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@tsfisch: All I can add to what you said is, YOU ARE SO CORRECT!

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we got along fine without celphones for centuries.

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@kamikazeken: I can't deny what you said but as I am sure you're aware the world is constantly changing and we all must adapt to whatever changes are made.

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@mtm2 - I agree. Schools should have it jammed. Parents need to get out of the habit of calling their kids in the middle of class. If it is that much of an emergency, call the office and they will bring the child to the phone. DO NOT text your child in class. This drove me crazy.

I also think movie theaters should have it, at least when the movie is playing. People can't put away their phones and not text for one whole hour, and it ruins entertainment of those around, thus costing them possibly large amounts of money.

@jnissel - Yes, in one incident (by the way, the office had also called the Police, the kids did nothing but tie up the emergency lines) it could have been slightly useful if NOBODY else noticed. On the whole? The kids did nothing. This is the same excuse that kids give, "in case of emergency" and it is ridiculous. When working in the schools, I had to text more than one parent from their kids cell phone telling them "Your txt got your kid in trouble, nice job."

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Also want to add, every school I have been in, from elementary to college, has a phone in the classroom. The students have zero need for a cell phone. If there is an emergency, they can pick up the hardwired phone.

There is no valid excuse why kids should be texting their friends in the middle of class.

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I would love for airlines to jam cell phones on all flights. I can not tell you how often I have seen people leave their cell phone on during flights. Last month I sat next to someone who texted the entire flight between Chicago and San Jose. I think it is so arrogant of people to think that the rules do not apply to them. Whether it is safe or not, rules are rules and they should be followed.

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@lynnaux: I agree with you but I would also be ticked off at the stewardesses for not saying anything. I would have gotten up, walked over to on of them and complained about it. If nothing was done I would have, for what it's worth sent a letter to the Airline FCC, FAA, and the newspapers. Did you do anything except sit there and become more and more annoyed?

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@lynnaux: Right, because if using a cell phone on a plane is dangerous, sending out a powerful jamming signal would be totally safe...

You do know there are things you can do with cell phones (in airplane mode), legally on planes? Some planes now have wifi which, given the proper phone, you can text with...

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@jnissel: Actually, the flight attendants did tell the person repeatedly to turn the phone off, so they were aware of it. Since the flight was going through terrible turbulence, with the "fasten seat belt" light on for almost the entire flight, I did not get up to inform them when he turned it back on.

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@tsfisch: I am aware that there are flights with WiFi available, but since this one did not offer this service, and I could clearly see the screen of his phone, with the text bubbles popping up, I believe that I am correct that he never shut his phone off and was using it against the regulations.

Since they can provide WiFi on some flights, I guess my dream is that the airlines could also disable phones on flights. This way, the people that refuse to follow rules because they feel they do not apply to them, would be forced to follow the rules.

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@lynnaux: The flight attendants should have had the power to do something even if nothing more than to have had the police alerted so that person would have been taken off of the plane in handcuffs.

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i think one of these devices should be standard equipment in/on all
a) movie theaters
b)cash registers (hang up the dang phone and interact with the cashier)
-as a cashier, i would LOVE to be able to just stand by and wait for folks to get off their call before i start ringing them up...
c)low range version on cars. say 5 ft radius.(HANG UP & DRIVE DANGIT!!!)

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@earlyre: All I can add to what you said is, YOU ARE SO CORRECT!
I've stopped going out to movies because there will always be some aholes on the phone. Talking about their boyfriends, talking about this movie, talking about the movie the other person is watching, and talking loudly. And if someone asks them to quiet down, well they have rights!
Ditto on the registers. This is LAX; half the time I'm in line the checker has to compete with the ahole on the other end of the shoppers' line, who's saying something SO important. Just annoying are the folk who are talking to aholes in other stores, maybe other aisles, about the products and prices, and too busy to watch where they're at.
Ditto2 on the cars. Make it a 20 ft radius, and give me one. Two.
Every classroom has a hardwired phone. Little Johnny doesn't need to have a cellphone every dam minute. Little Suzy doesn't need a Bluetooth set to cheat with. Plus with all these rugrats on the phone emergency services can be blocked out.