"Guess Where I Am"

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The FCC and FAA are considering rule changes that would allow passengers to whip out their cell phones in flight. (Which means you may soon be able to get up 10 minutes after leaving D.C. and call Michael Chertoff to thank him.)

In any case, the feds will likely be listening in:

The DOJ in its comments suggested that it be given the authority to tap an airborne cell phone conversation within a 10-minute time frame if the phones are allowed to be used on planes.

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  1. They get us excited about some new freedom and then we find out it’s just another ploy to spy on us! No thanks. I’d rather not be forced to listen to obnoxious phone conversations through a whole flight.

  2. Sounds like a good idea. Can I borrow your cell phone?

  3. Great title for the thread, by the way. Apparently in my building the answer to the question is “the elevator”. Freakin’ cretins…

  4. Always assume that you are being listened to when you talk on your cell phone. Always.

  5. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    It’s bad enough with toddlers screaming and kicking my chair, but now I’ll have to deal with hard of hearing assholes yelling in their phones for 6 hours.

  6. Always assume that you are being listened to when you talk on your cell phone. Always.

    That’s kind of the point, isn’t it? Unless you’re just trying to look cool….

  7. Um…uhh, yeah. I guess.
    Remember the movie pulp fiction? They don’t need a warrant to listen to a cell phone call ever.

  8. It’s bad enough with toddlers screaming and kicking my chair, but now I’ll have to deal with hard of hearing assholes yelling in their phones for 6 hours.

    They aren’t hard of hearing, they’re just too stupid to realize that speaking into the phone more loudly won’t allow them to hear the person on the other end better.

  9. This will hurt ticket sales. Isn’t the airline industry suffering enough?

  10. I always thought that people yell into cell phones due to the lack of sidetone. Not because they’re jerks.

  11. “Guess Where I Am”

    couldn’t resist:
    is this the second question after “can you hear me now?”
    cheers,
    drf

  12. What’s this about “tapping into conversations during a 10-minute time frame?” So if terrorists wait until minute eleven of their calls to discuss their plans, they’ll be fine?

  13. “initial findings suggested that passengers would prefer systems to be limited to text messaging rather than allowing voice calls.”

    Boy howdy, yes! This I’d welcome, but the talking would be far too annoying.

  14. Jennifer,

    Shhh!

  15. Hijacker: Hi, Usama, guess where I am? I’m on the plane.

    Me: Yes, Mustafa, Allah be praised, I have five bars and can here you very well.

    Hijacker: So, should I blow up the plane?

    Me: No, the Infidels may be listening to our call.

    Hijacker: Uh, OK. I’ll call you when we land.

    Me: Yes, god willing, it shall be.

    You Crusaders must think we’re not very bright.

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