Disruptive - me!?
"Let me guess Ed... you're one of those people who like to talk on the phone while driving or in public places where your conversation is actually disruptive to the people around you.
What ever happened to etiquette? Manners? "
Well, Shad, having made those comments about me, you may well ask whatever happened to etiquette and manners. You don't know anything about me, but feel obliged to pigeonhole me and accuse me of disruptive behaviour!
Well, in my defence and just for the record, I have to tell you that I make sure that my conversations aren't disruptive to people around me. I use my mobile in a public place only when it is necessary, for a specific purpose, and in order to achieve a desired result. Not to gossip. I talk quietly and my calls are usually very brief. A mobile phone is one of the most valuable tools I have for running my business. Simple as that. There are millions just like me.
Jeez - there is so much intolerance on here. Don't any of you antis have mobile phones? I'm sure that many of you do. I would have more respect for the anti-brigade if they were honestly able to say that they do not own, and would never own, a mobile. What rankles is this attitude of superiority and "holier than thou" that comes across in some of the comments. This attitude that other people's mobile conversations are inconsequential and frivolous. Anyway, what if they are? It's a free country - or was. Many people talk or laugh very loudly when in company with friends in public places, and that to me is much more disruptive than someone having a phone conversation.
The only good reason I can see for not allowing mobiles to be used on planes is the possibility, as eloquently pointed out by others here, of disruption to navigation systems etc. I am not qualified to make comments about that, so will have to bow to others superior knowledge.
If a person is a loudmouth, or indulges in loutish behaviour, in a car, on a plane or in a public place, he will be a loudmouth and a lout with or without a mobile phone!
Apologies for the length of this comment - just needed to get it off my chest!