This Is the Dumbest Tech Idea Ever

And I haven’t forgotten about Pets.com. If this goes through, Congress should just impeach these bozos:

The nation’s top telecom regulator will propose allowing passengers to make cell phone calls and use their data plans while on an airplane, officials said Thursday.

The proposed rule change by the Federal Communications Commission would allow phone use once a plane reaches 10,000 feet. Restrictions would still be in place during takeoffs and landings.

It’s annoying to listen to the self-important assholes who blabber on and on before the plane backs away from the gate. But if I were trapped on a plane with people yaking on their phones? At that point, the airlines should pay me to put up with this. I don’t care if they want to text or access the internet, but do so quietly.

If the FCC does this, I foresee an outbreak of bipartisanship…

Added: Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, hates the idea too.

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11 Responses to This Is the Dumbest Tech Idea Ever

  1. pombegeek says:

    Next will be listening to music without headphones…

  2. dr2chase says:

    You wanted those noise-cancelling headphones anyway, didn’t you? Airplanes are damn-loud even without the cellphones. Also, plain old hearing protection headphones (no noise cancel, just loads of phone) gets the job done.

  3. This is why, even as an atheist, I believe our culture needs to bring back the concept of “the sacred”. We’d apply it to things like this.

    A little bit of goddamned quiet time when you’re penned up in a metal tube with 200 other people? That should be considered sacred, damn it.

  4. This goes along with the rant my spouse regularly laments… About how people, whether at work when they should be working (including hourly wage workers), or in public where they’re annoying people or disruptive, or both where they’re not only neglecting their own work but distracting others from theirs…

    “They feel they have an inalienable right to have consistent & uninterrupted access to their cell phone devices, at all times, no matter what.”

    Going down this road, I envision a future where products on an assembly line fall off the end while workers answer their phones & read texts.
    Maybe there’ll be an entirely new health care profession… surgical assistants who hold a smartphone up for a brain surgeon in mid-procedure, so he can view the latest sext texts from his mistress.

    • Leo says:

      Going down this road, I envision a future where products on an assembly line fall off the end while workers answer their phones & read texts.
      Maybe there’ll be an entirely new health care profession… surgical assistants who hold a smartphone up for a brain surgeon in mid-procedure, so he can view the latest sext texts from his mistress.

      No, in the future, the assembly lines will all be automated/roboticised, and the surgeons will be remotely supervising robot surgeons via their smartphones. No, that last one’s unrealistic. It will actually be an understaffed, overworked “call center” staff supervising the robotic surgeons with one real surgeon on-call in case anything should go wrong.

      • I think you’ve gone too far… At that point, only owners who don’t need to work will have devices with screens into which they can stare. The ones who have what jobs are left will be tightly controlled by the owners, and not allowed to use such devices – maybe not even on their own time – if they are allowed any free time. The rest of the population will have no jobs, and not be able to afford such devices.

        So I guess the problem will eventually solve itself. ^^

  5. Physicalist says:

    I imagine we’ll need a phone and no-phone section of the plane, like we used to have smoking and non-smoking seats.

    • dr2chase says:

      And which section will carry a surcharge? Phoning, or non-phoning?

      • Good question.
        The complaint about disallowing personal cell phones was that airplane phones which are costly were the only option.
        I’m sure that cost seriously cut down on the amount of people interested in carrying on lengthy annoying conversations.

        But with people feeling they have an inalienable right to use their cell phones… it could turn out that if you want any peace from that, you’ll have to pony up for it.

    • alexherns says:

      Hopefully this will be quickly followed up by banning all phone calls within the plane.

  6. Joshua Nahum says:

    Sorry to post an unpopular opinion here, but I think people should be legally allowed to use their cell phone on a plane. The FCC should be dictating public safety, not banning annoyances. Airlines can decide whether to allow cell phone calls or not, depending on market forces. I personally don’t like crying babies on a plane, and I would consider taking a no-babies-allowed flight. But, I don’t want any government body deciding that it should ban just an annoyance.

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