The Old Gray Lady reports that the National Association of Theater Owners "plans to petition the Federal Communications Commission to permit the blocking of cellphones inside theaters."
Emotionally, I get it. I've had to ask countless folks to turn off their phones in the almost two years that I've been a part-time projectionist.
Rationally, I can't support it. Just getting people to shut up in general is what theaters need to do. Usually, a quick and quiet word suffices: "Excuse me, but your voice really carries in the auditorium." If it doesn't, a request to leave usually takes care of the problem.
Tagged as: cell phones jamming NATO