The Canadian Government is considering licensing devices that will block cellular phone signals in certain public places such as restaurants, theatres, and libraries.
These devices are presently illegal.
I find it really annoying to have people’s cell phones going off while I am trying to enjoy a movie with my sweetie or while I am trying to enjoy my lunch. Disturbing the peace and quiet of the library has always been a bad idea.
Wouldn’t it just be great to know that whenever you go out to a restaurant you won’t be annoyed by someone’s damnable cell phone?
With that said, I think that allowing the blocking of cell phones is a bad idea because while I might be out with my beloved having an enjoyable evening we are also the parents of four children and one of the primary reasons for my owning a cell phone is so that we can be reached in the event of an emergency.
Allowing this technology would quickly address the issue of inconsiderate cell phone users while punishing the responsible users which switch their phone to vibrate or in my case, turn the volume off or to very low when in a public place such as a theatre. I have call display so I can always call people back when I check my messages.
I would concede that devices like this could be used in medical facilities when cell phones might pose a hazard or interfere with medical equipment. As a rule, I shut my phone off whenever I am at the doctor’s office or at the hospital.
And yes, those people who can’t afford to get a hands free kit in their car should be tarred and feathered.