Majority of Theater-Goers Favor Cell Phone Jamming
by Alex Billington
September 11, 2006
A UK newspaper, The Stage, ran a poll and reported last week that 72% of movie-goers favor cell phone jamming devices in theaters. Unfortunately this is just a statistic from the UK, not the US, and on top of that, it is illegal to jam cell phones, both in the UK and the US. This report has brought up a lot of questions and interesting discussions on both Techdirt.com and Ars Technica.
If cell phone noise and use is one of the biggest problems in the theater, then why wouldn't theater chains lobby enough to get a special exception to the laws. I bet there is enough support (and it's obvious that there is at least in the UK) from regular attendees to allow for jamming to be implemented, or a less imposing system, such as forcing phones to be in silent mode. Check out the discussion and post a comment with your thoughts on whether you'd support something like this in theaters.