Anecdotal Idiocy and Your Government

Calling all fliers: Hang up your cell – The Denver Post

WASHINTON — Cellphone calls on airplanes in flight are unsafe and obnoxious and should be banned permanently, according to some members of Congress.

House members, most of whom board airplanes almost every week, traded horror stories July 31 about their worst experiences with annoying fellow passengers who talk loudly on cellphones before takeoff and after landing. One lawmaker said his wife sat next to a woman who loudly discussed her sex life on the phone.

Another House member topped that with the passenger sitting him behind on one flight who got a “dear John” phone call from either his wife or sweetheart just before takeoff. The begging and pleading was just terrible to listen to, he said. Finally, with the plane ready to take off, a flight attendant had to threaten to have U.S. marshals drag the man off the plane before he finally put his phone away.

Wait a second…a flight attendant threatened a passenger with an arrest by a federal officer…and this is an argument for more phone laws?

Look, I don’t know where you stand on the phone/airplane issue, but I find this level of paranoia to be retarded.

A third House member raised the specter of national security, saying she’d witnessed one man use his cellphone camera to take pictures of sensitive parts of the airplane.

With that, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved by voice vote a bill that would make the current Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communications Commission ban on cellphone use during flight permanent.

Sensitive parts of the airplane?  You mean…like…it’s vagina? I mean, ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS!?  Ths is the Intarwebs. Spends a couple seconds on it sometime.

And then we see how things are in the rest of the “free world”…

The committee’s action comes as the European Union is moving to allow airline passengers to talk on their cellphones during flight. Some U.S. airlines are experimenting with in-flight Internet access. And some lawmakers worry that domestic airlines might try to get the cellphone ban lifted so they can charge passengers extra to sit in no-phone sections.

But here it’s different…

“I do believe this is important that we don’t make what is already a crowded and difficult environment for the traveling public and flight attendants worse by allowing cellphone use in-flight,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., sponsor of the Halting Airplane Noise to Give Us Peace (HANG UP) Act.

However, as one Fark commentator put it, I think people on United Flight 93 disagree.   Banning a useful tool because people are too scared to say, ‘Excuse me, can you finish your conversation later?’ to a stranger, is idiotic at best, retarded normally, and so anti-American I can only guess it’s probably going to pass this Congress in record time.

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